Apple unleashes iOS 12.1, Group FaceTime and new emojis in tow

31 October, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Apple iOS 12.1 New features launch and more

Cook highlighted a few features shipping in 12.1, most notably a Group Facetime feature that will support a whopping 32 simultaneous participants. As a result, Apple with iOS 12 opted to take on a different approach. This includes eSIM support and dual-SIM connectivity, group FaceTime calls, and live Depth Control effect.

First and foremost, iOS 12.1 will finally bring Group FaceTime to the iPhone. 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. Apple didn't explain why this planned feature had been delayed, but promised it would appear "in a future software update later this fall".

The company's new firmware should hit any day now, and when it does iOS 12.1 will roll out Group FaceTime, which should support chats with up to 32 people.

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Advanced depth segmentation in Portrait mode enables more sophisticated portraits with professional-level bokeh. With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview. A simple tap also brings a participant front and center. "Hey Nilesh! Please be informed that Esim functionality for iPhone XS Max will be available effective 30-Oct when Apple releases iOS 12.1 Thank you, Anmol P", reads the tweet.

A second camera change found in iOS 12.1 is that Apple has addressed reports of skin smoothing for selfies taken on 2018's flagship iPhones. Instead of choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to freeze motion and preserve detail, it would sometimes choose a frame with longer shutter speed. Additionally, the update turns on dual SIM support for the aforementioned models as well as the iPhone XR.

Adding more to that, "carriers in the United States and Europe" have reportedly been instructed to start "deploying" the eSIM contracts from October 30. Users will be able to activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

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