Apple has released the second update to the iOS 12, iOS 12.1, over a month after the official iOS 12 pushed to all users. The update will introduce support for eSIM, Group FaceTime, 70+ new emojis, and bug fixes. iOS 12.1 can be downloaded via Software Update in the Settings app and the go to the General Section.


iOS 12.1 brings eSIM support for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, enable Dual-SIM dual standby via eSIM (except for the Chinese iPhones). With this feature on, you can have two phone number at the same time, you will be able to add another line to your existing iPhone, giving the device two phone numbers for phone calls and texting.

It also includes as many as 70+ Unicode 11 emojis including red hair, gray hair, curly hair, and no hair, as well as cold face, party face, pleading face, face with hearts, Nazar amulet, an infinity symbol, along with new animals such as kangaroo, peacock, parrot, lobster, and food items include mango, lettuce, cupcake, and mooncake.

The update also re-added Group FaceTime since it removed it previously in iOS 12.0, the feature will allow to Facetime Video call up to 32 people at once, but some older devices such as iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iPad mini 2 and 3 will not be supported. Users of iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR can adjust the Depth Field real-time. We also expect skin smoothing bug will be addressed under this major update.
iOS 12.1 introduces Group FaceTime, adds over 70 new emoji, and includes support for Dual SIM with eSIM for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Group FaceTime
Adds support for video and audio calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously
Encrypted end-to-end so your conversations remain private
Start Group FaceTime right from a group Messages conversation, or join an active call at any time

Emoji
Over 70 new emoji, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food

Dual SIM support
Introduces Dual SIM with eSIM which allows two numbers in one device for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Other improvements and fixes
Introduces Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Improves cellular connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Adds the ability to change or reset your child’s Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID
Fixes an issue where the sharpest reference frame was not always selected in front-facing photos for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Resolves an issue that caused messages to be merged into one thread when two users were signed in with the same Apple ID on multiple iPhones
Addresses an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
Resolves an issue in the Phone app that could cause phone numbers to appear without their corresponding contact name
Fixes an issue that could prevent Screen Time from reporting specific websites in the activity report
Addresses an issue that could prevent adding or removing family members from Family Sharing
Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Adds the ability for Battery Health to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Improves reliability of VoiceOver in Camera, Siri, and Safari
Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
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