Originally announced and beta tested as part of iOS 12.0, Group FaceTime saw a slight delay that pushed it back into iOS 12.1. Furthermore, it puts the latest version significantly ahead of last year's iOS 11 which could be found running on just 52% of devices by November 8, 2017, nearly two months after release.
Following the introduction of the iPhone X previous year, and a full lineup of X-inspired devices this fall, Apple has also updated the smartphone emoji in iOS 12.1 to show a bezel-free iPhone design. There are also additional enhancements built into FaceTime with the new update like automatic detection of active speakers which, ringless notification and messages integration.
The Cupertino-based firm went on: "Emoji are used by people all over the world to communicate and iOS 12.1 brings even more characters to the keyboard that better represent global users, including new emoji for moon cake, red gift envelope and nazar amulet".
Once you've updated, you'll find some new features to play with. The same day as Apple is holding an event in NY where it is expected going to launch new MacBook and iPad. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak.
iOS 12.1 will also bring new artist pages, a daily playlist of the top 100 songs around the world, and the ability to search by lyrics to Apple Music.
Private: All FaceTime conversations, both one-to-one and multi-person, are encrypted end to end so they remain private and viewable only by the participants. The update will bring important features like group FaceTime, dual-SIM support for the new iPhones, over 70 emojis, and a fix for over-smooth selfies.
This particular feature is pretty darn cool. Now, with the new update, users will be able to change the depth of field via a slider in the live preview as well.
Portrait mode in iOS already enables users to adjust the bokeh after the photo is taken.
And lastly, we have Dual SIM support.