IOS 12.1 update released by Apple

The company's new firmware should hit any day now, and when it does iOS 12.1 will roll out Group FaceTime, which should support chats with up to 32 people. Group FaceTime also features cool features like automatic detection of active speakers, ringless notifications, and of course are encrypted end to end so they remain private and viewable only by the participants.

Adds the ability to change or reset your child's Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID. This allows a different performance management system that more precisely allows iOS to anticipate and avoid an unexpected shutdown.

eSIM support will thus turn the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR into dual-SIM phones, the first of its kind from Apple.

The October 30 update will also see the addition of 70 new emojis.

Messages integration: Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

Given how great iOS 12.1 is in terms of features, we highly recommend that you stick around with it. Simply hit the '.' button near the bottom of the screen, then tap "Add Person" and search to find the person you want to add.


iOS 12.1 will be available as an update later today. Earlier, it was possible to control the depth of field only post-capture.

Once you're done updating to iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1, be sure to share your first impressions with us!

Introduces Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Instead of choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to freeze motion and preserve detail, it would sometimes choose a frame with longer shutter speed. These are also available on the latest macOS and watchOS update also.

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

To note, all three Apple iPhones - iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR - take physical Nano-SIM as primary by default and eSIM as secondary.

  • Kara Saunders