Apple Releases watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1

Apple Releases watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1

Apple released their fifth beta of iOS 12.1 last week, we normally would expect a sixth beta but it looks like the final version of the software will be released tomorrow the 30th of October. This brings a handful of new features, like Group Facetime, dual SIM support, camera improvements, new emoji, and more.

The e-book, which serves as a digital manual for new iPhone users, now lists Group FaceTime as a iOS 12.1 feature.

Group FaceTime allows you to video chat with up to 32 people simultaneously and supports stickers, video filters and Animoji/Memoji.

It will change several features on your phone itself, such as time and date format, but will ensure you can use the ECG function no matter where you live.

Apple today released iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1 and watchOS 5.1.

One new iPhone camera trick highlighted during Apple's September keynote this year was the ability to adjust the level of background blur in Portrait mode shots.

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"iOS 12.1 also brings Depth Control in real-time preview and Dual SIM support to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR customers". During a group call, Facetime will automatically detect the active participant and bring them to the forefront.

Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak.

Apple's "iPhone User Guide" for iOS 12.1 is a free download from iTunes. A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre. Also, when calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification without any ringing noise and lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive. Earlier, it was possible to control the depth of field only post-capture.

Having a conversation with that many people involved sounds like a management nightmare, but Apple came up with a few ways to keep things running smoothly.

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.

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