IOS 12.1 is available now - these are the most important features

IOS 12.1 is available now - these are the most important features

IOS 12.1 is available now - these are the most important features

Today following its Brooklyn keynote event, Apple released iOS 12.1, the first major update since September's iOS 12 brought Shortcuts, Screen Time, and more. While that feature wasn't available at launch, iOS 12.1 brings it to all compatible phones (XS, Max, XR). With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview.

There are also new emotive smiley faces and emoji representing food like a mango, a cupcake, leafy greens and a bagel. As a result, Apple with iOS 12 opted to take on a different approach.

It allows users to conduct FaceTime video conference calls with up to 32 participants.

Group FaceTime, was was originally set to make its debut in iOS 12 before being pulled before release, is one of the things we can look forward to in Apple's next big update. The feature was included in iOS 12.1 update that was rolled out earlier this week.

Though it unfortunately seems that there now aren't any Australian carriers that support the feature, with iOS 12.1 Apple is rolling out Dual SIM support for the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

And it sizes each person's image depending on how active they are based on the duration of speech, motion and volume. Version 12.1 adds over 70 new emoji, introduces Group FaceTime with up to 32 participants, and lastly 2018's iPhones get upgrades via camera improvements and dual SIM support.

Apple will likely end up releasing a new build of watchOS 5.1 with this bricking issue fixed for good. "A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre", Apple added.

With the eSIM option, users will not need to put in a physical SIM card to access a cellular network. When calling more than one person, FaceTime will show a notification that'll let you instantly join a call without being distruptive, and Apple also says that all FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted so that they remain private. Apple, however, doesn't even list Sprint as supporting the dual SIM iPhones just yet, and now the AT&T domino has fallen as well.

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