Group FaceTime is Finally Coming to Apple Devices Courtesy of iOS 12.1

iOS 12.1 will enable dual-SIM functionality on iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

iOS 12.1 will enable dual-SIM functionality on iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

Head to Apple for the full list of updated features.

The new iOS 12.1 update is set to include the Group FaceTime feature that was removed from the initial release but Apple claims that the feature is ready. According to a report by 9to5Mac, quoting various telecom carriers have stated that they "are readying for an iOS 12.1 launch on October 30, coinciding with the rollout of eSIM support for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR". In addition to all these new features, the software update is also expected to bring some performance improvements and bugfixes. The update will bring important features like group FaceTime, dual-SIM support for the new iPhones, over 70 emojis, and a fix for over-smooth selfies. A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre.

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

The latest version of Apple's iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 12, is out.

Apple released iOS 12 back in September to much fanfare from its huge user base.

Most importantly, Apple has confirmed that the Group FaceTime session, be it one-to-one or multi-person, all are fully encrypted end to end so that they remain private and viewable only by the participants.

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While that might not apply to most people - since you probably only have one phone number you ever use - those who need to access two will be able to do so via a combination of a physical SIM card and an embedded SIM, or "eSIM", for the other.

When Apple announced the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, the camera features were really talked up-especially the real-time depth of field control.

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.

One of the huge features arriving in iOS 12.1 is Apple's adjustable bokeh - background blur - for Portrait Mode photos.

The new emoji include red, gray and curly haired characters, "more emotive" smiley faces, and a range of new animals, sports and food.

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