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NEW YORK-Apple CEO Tim Cook concluded today's Apple news event by confirming the release of iOS 12.1 for all iOS devices.

Apple today released iOS 12.1 to the iPhone and iPad. While this isn't an entirely new iOS, it's an important update that delivers promised features that the initial version of iOS 12 missed, as well as some much-needed performance improvements. According to a report by 9to5Mac, quoting various telecom carriers have stated that they "are readying 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". That means you will be able to join in a group conversation on FaceTime, which supports up to 32 people, but you'll have audio-only, with no video support. Don't panic though, as you can take a backup of everything using iTunes or iCloud and restore your device once you have set up iOS 12.0.1.

Apple tried to keep it on the down low by putting it in the one place where nobody would think to look - the "iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.1" hidden in the Apple Books store - but the cat is now out of the bag. Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies. The firmware enables the dual-SIM support of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, brings Group FaceTime calls with support for up to 32 people at once and adds some 70 new emoji characters.

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.

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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. Earlier, it was possible to control the depth of field only post-capture. There are also emoji for Asian culture including a new emoji for moon cake, angpow and the nazar amulet.

A tentpole feature of Apple's latest smartphones, dual-SIM support allows iPhone users to utilise two cellular plans on a single device without constant SIM card swapping. The system chosen by the company makes use of a physical nano-SIM and a digital eSIM.

Some users are claiming this issue may be related to those running iOS 12.1 beta on their iPhone.


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