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The iOS 12.1 SDK provides support for developing iOS apps for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices running iOS 12.1.1. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 10.1 available from the Mac App Store. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 10.1, see Xcode Release Notes. Apple has officially released for download iOS 12.1 beta 2 IPSW Links and OTA update out into the wilds of the testing community. Following on from initial iOS 12.1 beta release from two weeks ago, registered developers now have access to the second pre-release seed of the firmware and can immediately start testing on all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware.

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iOS 12.1 will be available Tuesday, October 30, bringing Group FaceTime and more than 70 new emoji to iPhone and iPad. 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. iOS 12.1 also brings Depth Control in real-time preview and Dual SIM support to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR customers.

Group FaceTime

With iOS 12.1, FaceTime is more fun and flexible, with simple ways to add another person, join an active FaceTime call, or use the same camera effects available in Messages to add stickers, filters or appear to friends and family as an Animoji or Memoji. When an invitation is received, people can choose to join using audio or video from iPhone, iPad and Mac.
  • Automatic detection of active speakers: FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the forefront. It automatically sizes each person’s image depending upon how active they are in the conversation, based on duration of speech, volume and even motion. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak. A simple tap also brings a participant front and center.
  • Ringless notification: When calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification that lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive.
  • Messages integration: Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat. If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations.
  • Private: All FaceTime conversations, both one-to-one and multi-person, are encrypted end to end so they remain private and viewable only by the participants.

New Emoji

More than 70 new emoji come to iPhone and iPad with iOS 12.1, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, a new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food. New emoji will also be available on Apple Watch and Mac with a free software update.
Emoji are used by people all over the world to communicate and iOS 12.1 brings even more characters to the keyboard that better represent global users, including new emoji for moon cake, red gift envelope and nazar amulet. Sports fans will celebrate the addition of new emoji for softball and lacrosse, while outdoor adventurers will enjoy new characters for luggage, compass and a hiking boot. Beautifully designed characters for the llama, mosquito, kangaroo and lobster, and new food emoji, including a bagel, salt, cupcake, leafy greens and mango, are now available.
Depth Control allows users to dynamically adjust the depth of field both in real-time preview and post-capture.

Depth Control in Camera

Advanced depth segmentation in Portrait mode enables more sophisticated portraits with professional-level bokeh. With iOS 12.1, users can now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview in addition to post-capture, enabling more control to create portraits with a beautiful background blur. Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies, which includes Memoji and faster face tracking support for third-party ARKit apps.

Dual SIM

With iOS 12.1, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR gain Dual SIM support, featuring a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. Users can now activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM. For more information about setting up Dual SIM, visit

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Apple iOS 12 is Apple's most exciting iOS update yet, bringing with it the new AR-based Measure app, an improved Camera app and Photos experience with faster load times and search and better organization and editing suggestions, an easier to follow Stocks app, an all-new Apple Books, custom emoji or Memoji in the Messages app, and group chats and fun new effects in FaceTime. There's also the addition of Screen Time, one of the best new iOS features, which helps curb iPhone addiction and set parental controls.

Note: The new iOS update, iOS 12 is available for newer iPhone models and iPads as well as older iOS devices: iPhone 5s and later; iPad mini 2, iPad 5th generation, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and later; and iPod touch 6th generation.

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Made to measure: The new AR-based Measure app uses the augmented reality view to quickly calculate distances between any two objects using your iPhone or iPad. For distances, tap any item and move your phone or tablet to the next item. Users can then take a photo of the measurement to refer to later. Measure can also help you with leveling, if you're hanging art or a mirror, for example.

More memorable Messages: Text, voice, and photo messages become so basic next to all the fun new communication tools in Apple's latest iOS software. Start with exciting new filters, video stickers, and live Animoji, which let you become your favorite animal: bear, koala, tiger, unicorn, dragon, lion, chicken, bunny, panda, pig, fox, dog, cat, monkey, or T-Rex and record messages to send to friends. Users can also become a robot, alien, skull, ghost, or even a pile of poop. Or you can create and share a personalized Memoji (an Animoji that looks just like you). Memoji, which blew viewers of the WWDC keynote away, in June of 2018, lives up to expectations.

Easier to follow Stocks: The Stocks app finally comes to the iPad in the new iOS release, iOS 12, so people can more easily follow their stock performance on the Apple tablet's larger screen. The addition of a customizable watchlist and interactive charts that show you your stocks' performance throughout the day or even over multimonth periods with easy-to-read color-coded sparklines makes following your stocks easier than ever. The inclusion of reputable business news stories from Apple News helps users make more informed decisions when trading stocks.

Improved Apple Books: iBooks has been redubbed Apple Books. But that's only the beginning. Apple's reading app has been majorly updated to make locating and reading your books easier than ever. Easily discover something new to read in the app's brand new bookstore or dedicated audiobooks store, organize your collection so it's easy to retrieve, and never lose your spot in the book you're currently reading, with the Reading Now tab, which, like a bookmark, takes you where you last left off with a tap.


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Thoroughly modern memos: The native Voice Memos app looks even more modern in iOS 12, and iPad users can now use it on the larger screen in the latest iOS version. Better yet, with cross-platform syncing in the latest iOS version, users can now work with recordings across all of their iOS devices.

Improved load times and search in Photos: Camera app photos load quicker than ever in iOS 12. With smart Search Suggestions, showcasing important events, people, and places, for example, in tiles under the search bar and the ability to use multiple keywords for more expeditious combined searches, you'll also be able to find them faster in the updated Photos app. The addition of the For You tab brings your best photos and groups of photos -- some recent and others took on this day in previous years -- to the forefront for easier access.

Thankfully, image editing is no longer left to you in Photos. The Photos app now recommends various image-enhancing photo effects, even showing you what they'll look like before you select them with helpful image previews. Knowing that the best photos are there to be appreciated, Photos will also suggest sharing these photos with the people in them (after first identifying them using machine learning and facial recognition) via the Messages app.

Screen Time: Screen Time, which you'll find under Settings, is one of the new iOS software update's most exciting new features. Screen Time helps you limit your screen time, if you find yourself overusing your phone. Go to the Settings app, then Screen Time to see a detailed graphical breakdown of your phone usage. You'll see your most used iOS apps, how many times you've picked up your phone, and how many notifications you receive. If you feel you're overusing your iOS apps, then the Downtime feature can help you schedule some time away from your mobile devices. If you cheat, you'll receive notifications admonishing you to step away. You can also set content and privacy restrictions and parental controls here to keep your children safe and from overdoing it, too.

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Missing FaceTime features: We couldn't wait to start using FaceTime's exciting new features in the latest version of iOS that were announced at the WWDC keynote, such as group chat with support for up to 32 people on FaceTime calls, or the ability to add participants and launch FaceTime calls right from a group chat in Messages or to add live filters, stickers, Animoji, and Memoji to keep your fam engaged. But the new FaceTime for iOS features don't seem to be ready yet.

Bottom Line

From the new augmented reality-based Measure app to improved search and grouping in Photos to an overhauled Stocks, Apple News, Voice Memos, and Apple Books, to fun new ways of communicating with friends, family, and colleagues in the Messages and FaceTime apps, there's much to look forward to in the latest version of iOS, iOS 12. So there's no reason not to upgrade to the latest software update, especially if you have one of the latest iPhone models.

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  • 4 steps to get your iPhone ready for iOS 12 - CNET (CNET)
  • Apple's iOS 12: September 17 release brings many new features (ZDNet)
  • Apple iOS 12: Cheat sheet (TechRepublic)