Apple seeds iOS 12.1 to fix soft selfies, add group FaceTime


Apple also introduced depth control for portrait photos for the new iPhones, at the launch.

In addition to the FaceTime upgrades, iOS 12.1 also comes with 70 new emoji, including red-haired characters and cupcakes and donuts. It's a simple process really as you can download the update over the air like any other iOS release out there.

Apple's "iPhone User Guide" for iOS 12.1 is a free download from iTunes. To solidify 12.1's relevance, over 70 new emoji are on board here. Whereas, if you're a heavy FaceTime user, you can enjoy group FaceTime calling feature with up to 36 users at the same time, which is insanely awesome.

And, finally, iOS 12.1 adds dual-SIM support for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, which support an additional e-SIM, so you can use the same phone with two different cellular plans. FaceTime will automatically detect who the most prominent speakers are using "on-device intelligence".

Apple's updated guide also mentions some features and improvements that were introduced earlier this year with iOS 12, such as enhanced performance for older iOS devices like the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6.

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Group FaceTime is integrated into Messages, so you can initiate a group call from within that app. The size of the person's image then changes depending on how active they are being on the call.

"If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations", said Apple.

Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they talk. Some specific additions to look forward to include a kangaroo, a mango, and a newly designed bagel. Even though iPhone's Portrait mode still struggles to work accurately with curly hair, etc., I feel like this is probably the biggest feature for me in iOS 12.1. "Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies, which includes Memoji and faster face tracking support for third-party ARKit apps".

iOS 12.1 brings dual SIM support, too. But that's not the only feature users should be excited about.