Apple has unleashed its much-hyped software update — iOS 12.1. The new-and-improved system is a significant upgrade for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Features include, but are certainly not limited to Group FaceTime, dual SIM support, Portrait mode depth control, new emojis, and more. Let’s dig in a little bit…

Group FaceTime

Until now, FaceTime has been available for two callers at a time. With iOS 12.1, the video chat boosts its capacity to up to 32 people. Multiple video tiles appear for all the people on the call and whoever has the floor will be featured with a larger thumbnail. Group FaceTime allows users to come and go fas they please — without the call ending or restarting.

Dual SIM

The newer models, iPhone XS, XR, and XS Max, have the capability to embed an eSIM for a second phone number. The days of carrying around a work and a personal phone are over with the new iOS 12.1 and Apple’s latest smartphone devices. Of course, this feature needs to be activated by an official carrier.

Portrait Mode Depth Control

Those gorgeous selfies everyone has been taking with their new iPhones are usually the product of Portrait mode. Now, functionality within the lens just got better. Users now have the ability to adjust the amount of blur before a photo is taken. Just look for the “f” button to adjust.

New Emojis

iOS 12.1 adds four new Animojis, which have proven to be a huge hit. Plus, brand new customizable Memoji features. Red heads and bald people now have their own emojis. We have to admit — this might be the most exciting new feature of all!


Source: 9to5Mac