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IOS 12.1 with Group FaceTime, new emoji, dual-SIM hit iPhones Tuesday

Sarah Tew / CNETApple's iOS 12.1 update appears on iPhones and iPads on Tuesday, on the same day the company…

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Apple’s iOS 12.1 update appears on iPhones and iPads on Tuesday, on the same day the company will launch its newest iPads and Macs. With iOS 1

2.1, you can chat with up to 32 of your closest friends with Apple’s Group FaceTime.

Group FaceTime automatically identifies who speaks and increases the image of that person. Participants who are not active will be shown at the bottom of the screen until they talk, and if you want to see a particular participant’s video larger, you can tap it to take it forward. Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, which allows you to start a group call within a group of iMessage Chat.

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Together with iOS 12.1, so you can talk to a group of your friends, you can also send more than 70 new emoji like a llama, a face with hearts, a softball and skateboard. The new emoji also comes to Apple Watch and Mac with a free software update.

Users of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR will be able to use dual SIM cards after downloading iOS 12.1. And Apple will bring “Advanced Deep Segmentation” into portrait mode that will let you adjust Bokeh more. You can adjust the depth of field in a real-time preview as well as after taking a shot, giving you greater control over the background slurry.

 ios-122-emoji-facetime group-facetime-10292018 [19659013] ios-122 emoji-facetime group-facetime-10.292.018 [19659014] Apple’s iOS 12.1 provides Group FaceTime video clips to iPhones and iPads.


Apple may be best known for its hardware, but it’s really called the integration of the hardware with its software that distinguishes it from its competitors. The company’s ability to control all aspects of its products – something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple 42 years ago – have been the key to making Apple the most powerful technology company. The company’s mobile software, iOS, updates every year and launches when the latest phones hit the market.

iOS 12 debuted last month with the introduction of the iPhone XS and XS Max. The major changes in the software are a new Memoji feature, improved messaging of messages, an upgraded malfunction and a measurement plug. Apple also added new parental controls for those who want to keep a child’s device locked and its screen-time function allows you to monitor your children‘s or your own device’s use.

As of October 10th half of all Apple’s mobile devices were run on the iOS 12 market. Another 39 percent used iOS 11 and 11 percent of devices drove an older version according to the company’s development panel. By comparison, about 22 percent of Android devices drove Google’s latest software, dubbed Oreo, as of October 26th.

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