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Carriers announce that iOS 12.1 will be released on Tuesday with eSIM launch
Apple will host its last Media Event of the Year on Tuesday, October 30, which is expected to feature new iPad Pro models and a replacement for the MacBook Air laptop line. There are also signs that iOS 12.1 will launch on the same day, probably a few hours after the event ends.
We have heard from various carrier sources that they are preparing for an iOS 12.1 launch on October 30, coinciding with the rollout of eSIM support for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR …  Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Trial
The new iPhones include an electronic SIM that allows dual-SIM functionality for the first time in an iPhone (China iPhones do not use eSIM, instead, these SKUs have a SIM slot, where two physical SIM cards are located.)
Users can add another line to their existing iPhone and give the phone two phone numbers for calls and text messages. Use the various data packages offered by each of the plans. iPhone XS and iPhone XR include a technology called Dual SIM Dual Standby, which means that both phone numbers are active at the same time. The iPhone will automatically answer calls from both numbers automatically.
The eSIM features were not available for the iPhone XS debut last month, but they are included in iOS 1
2.1. We've heard from several carriers in the US and Europe that they have been told to begin providing eSIM contracts starting on Tuesday, as users can download iOS 12.1 the same day. Bharti Airtel India also seems to be preparing for the launch on October 30:
We also believe that Apple Stores will receive the special QR code sheets before launching on Tuesday. To set up eSIM, an Apple user simply scans a special QR code with their iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR. This automatically fills in the necessary account information and activates the electronic SIM card. Some carrier apps allow customers to sign in through the app as well.
Apple has also updated its iOS 12 user guide to recognize iOS 12.1 features, another indication that a public release of iOS 12.1 is imminent
If you are not interested in the dual-SIM feature There are many new features to enjoy in iOS 12.1. There are more than 70 new emoji, live depth control for iPhone XS / XR, so you can adjust bokeh blur of portrait mode in the blink of an eye in the camera viewfinder and the addition of Group FaceTime. Group FaceTime enables end-to-end encryption of group video chats of up to 32 people at the same time, with the same simplicity and elegance as a face-to-face 1: 1 call. Group FaceTime requires an iPhone 6s or later device due to the performance limitations of older devices.
We also expect the new iPad Pro hardware to ship with iOS 12.1. Features like Landscape Face Unlock and Memoji Sync can share the same set of custom Animoji between your various iOS devices.