IOS 12.1 user guide confirms Group FaceTime, Dual SIM support

Sheri Evans
October 31, 2018

With the iOS 12.1 release, Apple will introduce 70 new emojis, including "new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food". The ability to video call with up to 32 people on iOS and macOS devices is now available with this update. 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 attractive background blur. One can tap a specific person's tile and bring them to center as well.

To download and install iOS 12.1 on your Apple device, go to Settings General Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Devices eligible for the iOS 12.1 update are the iPhone 5s and later models, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later models, iPad 6th generation and later models, iPad mini 2 and later models, and the iPod touch 6th generation. While that feature wasn't available at launch, iOS 12.1 brings it to all compatible phones (XS, Max, XR). Apple also maintains full encryption regardless of whether you are having a one-to-one or group chat, so everything stays private.

Having a conversation with that many people involved sounds like a management nightmare, but Apple came up with a few ways to keep things running smoothly.

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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. The feature integrates with iMessage as well, meaning you can easily call your iMessage group from the Messages app anytime you want, and members can join at any time, even after the call has started. But this is not the dual SIM support that we're used to here in Malaysia.

Speaking of making portrait photos better, 12.1 also fixes the "beautygate" bug, which causes photographs to be overly smoothed like so many "beauty cams" do.

Essentially, Smart HDR was choosing the wrong base frame for HDR processing when you took a selfie.

In other words, yes skin smoothing was a real phenomenon, but it was unintentional and only applied in certain situations.

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