Apple confirms iOS 12.1 shipping today with 32-person Group Facetime

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With this feature, you can FaceTime with up to 32 people, and the person who's speaking will automatically be placed front and center.

iOS 12.1 brings dual-SIM support to the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR.

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iOS 12.1 update released by Apple

The dual-SIM functionality for iPhone "XR", "XS" and "XS Max" will go live when the iOS point update sees release. Also, it is recommended to back up your data, and ensuring your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process. This update is compatible with the iPhone 5s and later, iPad mini 2 and later, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, iPad 5th and 6th generation models, 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and both generations of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Additionally, one can start a group Facetime call directly from messages app. Apple also noted that all Facetime calls are protected by end-to-end encryption.

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"If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations", said Apple. This new feature comes with automatic active speakers detection, which detects the most prominent speakers and then highlights them.

And it sizes each person's image depending on how active they are based on the duration of speech, motion and volume. It also adds more characters to the keyboard that will better represent global users, including new emoji for moon cake, red gift envelope and Nazar amulet. Apple's support page has also been updated with the same language.

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One new feature of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR is that each device offers dual SIM support.

The new FaceTime calls are supposedly "private and viewable only by the participants" and include an interesting feature to modulate the size of each person in the call in real time. With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview in addition to post-capture, enabling more control to create portraits with a lovely background blur. Having multiple plans lined up on the eSIM card that you can change at whim, and the ability to pair them with another plan from a different carrier on the physical SIM card could turn into a revenue nightmare. "Beautygate" is a bug in Apple's iOS camera software that over-corrects selfies to me face appear smoother, so much so that it looks unnatural and before iOS 12.1 there was no way to reduce or even disable the effect of the correction.

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