Apple announced on Monday its next iOS 12-point release, iOS 12.1, announced available for the download on October 30, with the promised next-generation features including Group FaceTime and dual-SIM support for owners of iPhone XS and iPhone XR.
The company said in a press release, iOS 12.1 will provide Group FaceTime, re-deliver Emoji, real-time preview of depth control and dual SIM features when it will be released tomorrow.
Group FaceTime was unveiled at WWDC in June, enabling 32-person FaceTime video conferencing calls. The feature was originally planned for release on iOS 12 in September, but Apple has delayed its launch in August.
When calling group details, Apple reminds users of new FaceTime features, including automatic recognition of active speakers. The features use the device's intelligence to identify the most prominent speakers of a particular call, and highlight those people by bringing their chat window center-to-center. Windows automatically adjusts during a conversation based on the duration of speech, volume, and movement, Apple says. Chat windows of users who are less active stay at the bottom of the ad, even though tapping on a window brings them
A new behavior allows FaceTime to display "ringless" notifications if more than one person, allowing users to participate in conversations without being distracting.
Finally, users who directly integrate with the messages can start or join a Group FaceTime call without leaving the app. For example, Messages displays a list of active calls in the conversation list and in individual conversations. Apple notes that both one-to-one and multi-person FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted.
In addition to Group FaceTime, the user guide also includes the Dual SIM feature for iPhone XR, XS and XS Max as soon as the iOS point update is available.
A Tentpole Feature on Apple's Newest Smartphone SIM support allows iPhone owners to use two mobile plans on a single device without having to replace the SIM card. Apple's solution is based on dual-SIM dual-standby technology, which keeps both a physical SIM card and an embedded eSIM – or a second physical SIM card in China – simultaneously addressable.
Also Apple's camera systems get a damper with iOS 12.1. The software update provides support for dynamic previews of the operating system's depth control feature. With the updated version, users can dynamically adjust and preview the depth-of-field preview in the Camera app for quick access to the new Portrait Mode effect. Depth control features that can be used after shooting are also available for selfies shot using the iPhone's TrueDepth camera.
In addition, Apple is adding more than 70 new emoji with iOS 12.1, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, as well as other additions like more expressive smiley faces.