Here’s What’s New in iOS 12.1, Available Today

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Additionally, it said the keyboard should appear up to 50 percent faster and typing should feel more responsive overall. Make sure to give the new features a try and spam your friends with the new emoji tomorrow once the update starts rolling out.

But now the functionality has arrived with the release of iOS 12.1 today.

Apple last night announced that the upcoming iOS 12.1 update will bring several new features for iPhone and iPad. There's a good handful of older iPhones and iPads that, while they are able to run iOS 12, won't support video for Group FaceTime - instead they'll be limited to audio-only on these calls.

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"FaceTime changed the way people communicate and share important moments, and now with Group FaceTime, it's easy to chat with more people than ever before - from 2 to 32 people". The update also enables support for dual SIM on the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR, allowing users to use a combination of nano-SIM and digital eSIM if their device and region support it.

Group FaceTime will intuitively give those that are speaking the greatest amount of screen presence.

With iOS 12.1, the company is upgrading the Depth Control feature for Portrait mode on the iPhone Xs with support for real-time preview.

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Apple also published help pages back in September that explain in great detail how to activate and use two SIMs on the new iPhones, guides that will come in handy once iOS 12.1 launches. iPhone users in Germany discovered not long ago that eSIM already worked on iOS 12.1 beta (image above).

What's an iPhone update without a new emoji? Even though iPhone's Portrait mode still struggles to work accurately with curly hair, etc., I feel like this is probably the biggest feature for me in iOS 12.1.

In particular, Apple highlighted new llama, mosquito, kangaroo and lobster characters arriving on the fresh operating system.

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