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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
Sherri Watson | 30 October, 2018, 17:28

Apple released their fifth beta of iOS 12.1 last week, we normally would expect a sixth beta but it looks like the final version of the software will be released tomorrow the 30th of October. It will automatically size each person's image depending upon how active they are in the conversation, based on duration of speech, volume, and motion. It's likely the aging processors in these model aren't up to snuff to handle Group FaceTime video calls, as it seems any device running the A8X chip or newer is supported. There's a good handful of older iPhones and iPads that, while they are able to run iOS 12, won't support video for Group FaceTime - instead they'll be limited to audio-only on these calls. Chief among these is the introduction of Group FaceTime, however there are a few caveats.

iOS 12.1, available Tuesday, will give iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR users dual SIM support, featuring a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. New hardware is coming out as well as new software updates including iOS 12.1.

"Sports fans will celebrate the addition of new emoji for softball and lacrosse, while outdoor adventurers will enjoy new characters for luggage, compass and a hiking boot".

Carriers are readying for the launch of iOS 12.1 on 30 October which will provide eSIM support for the new iPhones, according to 9to5Mac. Earlier, it was possible to control the depth of field only post-capture.

Speaking of making portrait photos better, 12.1 also fixes the "beautygate" bug, which causes photographs to be overly smoothed like so many "beauty cams" do.

Explaining the new feature, Apple continued: "With iOS 12.1, FaceTime is more fun and flexible, with simple ways to add another person, join an active FaceTime call, or use the same camera effects available in Messages to add stickers, filters or appear to friends and family as an Animoji or Memoji".