Dual-SIM support and 32-person FaceTime coming in iOS 12.1

About iOS 12.1's Group Face Time feature

About iOS 12.1's Group Face Time feature

Apple released iOS 12.1 in addition to announcing the new home button-less iPad Pro, a Mac mini, and a refreshed MacBook Air.

Among other features, the iOS 12.1 update is also going to enable the eSIM support in apple's latest iPhones - iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.

Apple made the announcement on its Newsroom blog and insisted dual SIM support would also arrive for the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR in the new software.

The iOS 12 makes the older phones like the iPhone 6+ and iPad Air much faster: 40 per cent faster app launches, 50 per cent faster keyboard opening, and nearly 70 per cent improvement in opening the camera, according to Apple.

Apple has been working on getting iOS 12.1 ready for prime time via a beta process that is still ongoing, and while it may not quite be ready to go live just yet, the company has already released an updated user guide for the OS. The update brings with it a host of new features, most important of which is the belated arrival of the group FaceTime feature.

Messages integration: Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.

Cupertino-based smartphone giant Apple is reportedly rolling out an update to its latest operating system - iOS 12 - on October 30. Don't panic though, as you can take a backup of everything using iTunes or iCloud and restore your device once you have set up iOS 12.0.1.

Here's how to update your device to iOS 12.1 so you can reap all these benefits and more. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak.

AdvertisementIt also details improvements to Apple Music and more.

When calling more than one person, FaceTime will show a notification that'll let you instantly join a call without being distruptive, and Apple also says that all FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted so that they remain private.

In China, Hong Kong and Macau, the new iPhones have physical slots for a second nano-SIM, but in the rest of the world, it's a virtual eSIM. One can tap a specific person's tile and bring them to center as well.

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