Here’s What’s New in iOS 12.1, Available Today

Apple iOS 12.1 New features launch and more

Science 27 Oct 2018 iOS 12.1 to introduce Group FaceTime dual-SIM support confirms Apple

GOOD NEWS FOR iPhone users with two phone numbers and exactly 31 friends: version 12.1 of iOS will bring both dual-SIM support and a promised feature of FaceTime that nobody will actually use.

iOS 12.1 will enable a number of new features on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. The update will also add support for over 70 new emojis and fix the BeautyGate issues on the iPhone XS series for good.

Apart from iPad Pro and iOS 12.1, Apple is also expected to unveil new MacBooks and a refreshed Mac Mini at its event tomorrow. This means if you have a compatible device with you then you can go ahead and download iOS 12.1 right away. With this feature, you can FaceTime with up to 32 people, and the person who's speaking will automatically be placed front and center. True to its word, Group FaceTime arrives today as part of the iOS 12.1 update. Apple also maintains full encryption regardless of whether you are having a one-to-one or group chat, so everything stays private. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak.

"If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations", said Apple.

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eSIM support will thus turn the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR into dual-SIM phones, the first of its kind from Apple.

And lastly, we have Dual SIM support.

The Cupertino-based firm went on: "Emoji are used by people all over the world to communicate and iOS 12.1 brings even more characters to the keyboard that better represent global users, including new emoji for moon cake, red gift envelope and nazar amulet". The system chosen by the company makes use of a physical nano-SIM and a digital eSIM. The Memoji allows you to design your own animated emoji, which can also be controlled by your facial expressions thanks to the combination of iPhones' extra sensors and updated software.

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