IOS 12.1 supports dual-SIM, group FaceTime, and stops ‘fixing’ selfies

Helen Aguilar
October 31, 2018

iOS 12.1 will also bring new emojis that will come to iPhone and iPad.

Speaking of the camera, iOS 12.1 will allow iPhone XS/XR owners to adjust the depth of field/bokeh in the live preview of a portrait shot.

The latest batch of new emoji have arrived, offering a compelling reason for iOS 11 users to upgrade to Apple's latest OS release.

Apple has not specified a release date for iOS 12.1, though beta versions have been in testing since mid-September. Some of the notable feature include Dual Sim support, Group FaceTime and more.

The company originally announced the group Facetime feature, supporting up to 32 people, at its developer conference WWDC, back in June. In addition to all these new features, the software update is also expected to bring some performance improvements and bugfixes. "Beautygate" is a bug in Apple's iOS camera software that over-corrects selfies to me face appear smoother, so much so that it looks unnatural and before iOS 12.1 there was no way to reduce or even disable the effect of the correction.

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Automatic detection of active speakers: FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the forefront. The size of the person's image then changes depending on how active they are being on the call.

When initiating a new group call, the FaceTime app enables adding multiple contacts at once then choosing whether to start an audio or video call.

Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in India now support dual-SIM support via the eSIM facility. It also comes new emoji for softball, frisbee and lacrosse, while outdoor adventurers will enjoy new characters for luggage, compass and a hiking boot to accompany the existing climbing emoji.

It means you can now activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

iOS 12.1 will also bring new artist pages, a daily playlist of the top 100 songs around the world, and the ability to search by lyrics to Apple Music. But this is not the dual SIM support that we're used to here in Malaysia.

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