IOS 12.1 brings Group FaceTime, dual-SIM: here’s the supported devices

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The Group FaceTime will allow iPhone and iPad users to video chat with up to 32 people simultanelously.

Supported devices should start getting the iOS 12.1 update in a few hours. There are also additional enhancements built into FaceTime with the new update like automatic detection of active speakers which, ringless notification and messages integration. 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 centre", Apple added.

Apple's recently launched operating system is not a radical change from its predecessor, but it introduces new features that could change the way you use your smartphone. It is expected to bring Group FaceTime and new emoji, as well as Depth Control in Camera Preview, and Dual SIM Support for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.

Apple Watch owners can also install watchOS 5.1 today, which brings Group FaceTime audio calls, new emoji, and a new full-screen "Color" watch face.

Also, Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

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iOS 12.1 will also bring new emojis that will come to iPhone and iPad.

Most importantly, Apple has confirmed that the Group FaceTime session, be it one-to-one or multi-person, all are fully encrypted end to end so that they remain private and viewable only by the participants.

iOS 12.1 is overall a fairly nice upgrade to iOS 12, which was already a major release that refined a lot of the problems that was introduced with iOS 11.

In China, Hong Kong and Macau, the new iPhones have physical slots for a second nano-SIM, but in the rest of the world, it's a virtual eSIM. Apple adds: "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 handsome background blur". The new cameras on the iPhone Xs allow users to control the depth for Portrait mode pictures after taking the pictures - but with iOS 12.1, you will be able to control the depth of field in real-time when taking pictures, as well as after taking the shot.

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