IOS 12.1 arrives today with Group FaceTime, new emoji, and more

Angelica Greene
October 30, 2018

The update does bring another feature Apple was originally supposed to ship with iOS 12: Group FaceTime.

It's not actually clear when iOS 12.1 will land, but these features will definitely be in the mix. It will automatically size each person's image depending upon how active they are in the conversation, based on duration of speech, volume, and motion. Among the new features is one that allows a user to listen to Group FaceTime audio on his or her timepiece.

"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".

"If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations", said Apple.

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Apple doesn't ship user guides with its products, but if you need one, you can download them for free from the Books Store. Apple says that these will also be coming to Apple Watch and Mac users with a software update, but does not say when. A simple tap also brings a participant front and center. Whereas, if you're a heavy FaceTime user, you can enjoy group FaceTime calling feature with up to 36 users at the same time, which is insanely awesome. Among them are Group FaceTime, which supports up to a 32-way group video chat on models ranging from the Apple iPhone 6s to the new 2018 iPhones. Some specific additions to look forward to include a kangaroo, a mango, and a newly designed bagel.

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iOS 12.1 brings dual SIM support, too.

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. It's likely not a feature the majority of iPhone users will take advantage of, but it's certainly exciting for users who need it.

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