Apple's New iOS Releases Today With Group FaceTime & New Emojis

Apple iOS 12.1 New features launch and more

The software update was 470.2MB when checked by MyBroadband on an iPhone X.

Now, the American tech giant has officially announced that the dual-SIM functionality offered in the new iPhones is now available via iOS 12.1 update. These new emoji are also coming to the Apple Watch and Mac, according to Apple.

Apple has not specified a release date for iOS 12.1, though beta versions have been in testing since mid-September.

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. That means it'll support up to 32 users at once - more importantly, it'll automatically feature the person that's speaking so your giant calls don't descend into chaos. In addition to all these new features, the software update is also expected to bring some performance improvements and bugfixes. The size of the person's image then changes depending on how active they are being on the call.

Start Group FaceTime straight from a group Messages conversation or join an active call at any time.

iOS 12.1 also brings more than 70 new emoji to the iPhone and iPad, including new characters with red hair, grey hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food.

You'll find all the new ones in the same emoji keyboard you've been using already, but you can preview them all here if you're feeling impatient. Inactive callers will be placed on the bottom of the screen until they speak, said Apple.

iOS 12.1 will also roll out dual SIM support for more recent iPhone models, meaning you'll be able to manage two different numbers on a single device... which doesn't sound at all shifty. However, the company has mentioned that the phone has two SIMs and the traditional implementation of two physical SIM cards is available in China only. But you can also tap to bring that participant to the front and center. Apple, however, doesn't even list Sprint as supporting the dual SIM iPhones just yet, and now the AT&T domino has fallen as well.

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