iOS 12.1 to bring Dual SIM support, Group FaceTime and more to iPhone and iPad

Apple last night announced that the upcoming iOS 12.1 update will bring several new features for iPhone and iPad. Some of the notable feature include Dual Sim support, Group FaceTime and more. Read about these features in detail below.

Group FaceTime:

With iOS 12.1, you can enjoy Group FaceTime with up to 32 people. You can use the same camera effects available in Messages to add stickers, filters or appear to friends and family as an Animoji or Memoji. Additional features coming to FaceTime:
  • Automatic detection of active speakers: FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the forefront. It automatically sizes each person’s image depending upon how active they are in the conversation, based on duration of speech, volume and even motion. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak. A simple tap also brings a participant front and center.
  • Ringless notification: When calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification that lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive.
  • Messages integration: Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat. If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations.
  • Private: All FaceTime conversations, both one-to-one and multi-person, are encrypted end to end so they remain private and viewable only by the participants.

Dual Sim Support:

Apple is finally bringing Dual Sim support to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. You can now activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

More emojis:

iOS 12.1 will come with more than 70 new emojis including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people.

Real-time Depth Control in Portrait Mode:

Portrait mode in iOS already enables users to adjust the bokeh after the photo is taken. With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview. Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies.

Source: Apple

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