“The iOS 12.1 will bring 70 new emojis along with Group FaceTime feature and dual-SIM support to compatible devices”
Ahead of its new iPad Pro and MacBook Air launch, Apple has announced that it’ll start rolling out its new iOS 12.1 update starting today. The latest build of its mobile operating system will bring nifty features such as Group FaceTime, Animojis/ Memojis, and dual-SIM support to compatible iPhone and iPad models. These features were held back from the iOS 12.0 update, which was released last month.
Talking about the update, the Group FaceTime allows users to connect with up to 32 people via video chat simultaneously. The unique feature also supports stickers, video filters, and Animoji/ Memoji. Owners of iPhone 7 or above will be able to use Group FaceTime feature as it is, while the owners of iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE can only use the feature for audio calls. Once connected to more than one people in Group FaceTime, each person’s image will be proportionate to the number of participants.
Apart from this, the iPhone XS (review), iPhone XS Max (review), and iPhone XR (review) users will be able to use the dual-SIM capability of the device with the new update. iOS 12.1 will enable the e-SIM support on the handsets that will work simultaneously with the physical SIM. Other notable updates include more than 70 new emojis and the new Depth Control features to adjust depth-of-field in real-time.
While Apple hasn’t mentioned this specifically, iOS 12.1 is also said to fix the “beautygate” issue on the iPhone XS/ XS Max and iPhone XR. The phones have reportedly been over-smoothening the skins of users while clicking selfies. Apple has since clarified that it’s a software issue happening due to incorrect functioning of the camera’s Smart HDR system and can be fixed with an update.