Apple confirms iOS 12.1 shipping today with 32-person Group Facetime

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It is likely that there might not be any major new features being added to the mix, but that Apple is primarily focused on software improvements in the background, and squashing any persistent bugs or issues that have cropped up.

Group FaceTime will intuitively give those that are speaking the greatest amount of screen presence.

Though it unfortunately seems that there now aren't any Australian carriers that support the feature, with iOS 12.1 Apple is rolling out Dual SIM support for the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

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iOS 12.1 also brings Depth Control in real-time preview and dual-SIM support to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR customers. The newest version brings Group FaceTime with up to 32 people simultaneously and over 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads via iOS 12.1. "A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre", Apple added.

Additionally, one can start a group Facetime call directly from messages app. Apple also noted that all Facetime calls are protected by end-to-end encryption.

First and foremost, iOS 12.1 will finally bring Group FaceTime to the iPhone.

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In all three of the 2018 iPhones, there is a physical nano-SIM slot as well as an eSIM slot which will allow users to use more than one carrier off their device. eSIM won't be readily available through all operators and the current list only include 14 operators, of which only 2 are available in India.

Private: All FaceTime conversations, both one-to-one and multi-person, are encrypted end to end so they remain private and viewable only by the participants.

At Apple's Special Event today that unveiled the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini, these emoji also made an appearance and were said to be coming soon. Instead of actual dual physical SIMs, dual SIM support for the iPhone requires the use of a digital eSIM which is widely supported by United States operators but not in Malaysia. With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview in addition to post-capture, enabling more control to create portraits with a handsome background blur. 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.

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