IOS 12.1 is available now - these are the most important features

About iOS 12.1's Group Face Time feature

The latest version of iOS will be available today, and it includes Group FaceTime and more than 70 new emoji.

FaceTime in iOS 12.1 finally gets the "group" aspect that Apple teased when initially announcing iOS 12.

This feature, which made headlines through the end of 2017 and well into 2018, uses an algorithm to reduce the performance of an aging iPhone to protect the electrical components inside and prevent the device from prematurely shutting down.

iOS 12.1 brings dual SIM support, too. Here's how you can enable dual-SIM on your iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR if you are on Airtel (first reported by FoneArena). It also adds more characters to the keyboard that will better represent global users, including new emoji for moon cake, red gift envelope and Nazar amulet.

Apple has a great support page for getting started with this feature, so be sure to check it out if you're looking to use two numbers on one device and with a supported carrier.

Group FaceTime With iOS 12.1 you can engage in FaceTime conversations with up to 32 people at once - should the need arise.

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Additionally, one can start a group Facetime call directly from messages app. Apple also noted that all Facetime calls are protected by end-to-end encryption.

To download the new iOS 12.1 update users with eligible devices can download and install the update by visiting Settings General Software update Check for updates or manually by connecting their device to iTunes and performing the update. You will also be able to adjust the depth of field in real-time preview before taking a shot in addition to post-capture.

See how the depth control works in the video below.

A second camera change found in iOS 12.1 is that Apple has addressed reports of skin smoothing for selfies taken on 2018's flagship iPhones. It is also available for TrueDepth front-facing cameras. And it's fixed now.

At last, we should also mention that, on iOS 12.1 iPhone flagships, dual-SIM requires a nano-SIM and an eSIM. After updating their device users can activate an additional cellular connection from a supported telecom network provider via the eSIM facility.

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