iOS 12.1 Beta 1: Everything New in the Latest Beta

Earlier today, Apple surprised everyone by releasing the first beta build of iOS 12.1 to developers. The beta build dropped just a day after Apple had released the first iOS 12 build to the public. So, what’s new with iOS 12.1? Does it come with any major new features? If so, what are they?

Well, surprisingly, despite the heavy size of the update — 2.7GB for the iPhone X, iOS 12.1 does not bring anything any major new features or changes.

iOS 12.1 Beta 1: What’s New

Group FaceTime

With iOS 12.1 beta 1, Apple is reintroducing Group FaceTime video calling feature. It was initially present in the first few beta releases of iOS 12 but Apple pulled it down the line for some unknown reasons. Nonetheless, now it looks like Group FaceTime video calling will be released to the public as a part of iOS 12.1. Unlike other video calling services, Group FaceTime video calling allows for up to 32 participants in a single call.

Landscape Support for Face ID

The code in iOS 12.1 beta 1 also confirms that Apple is working on adding landscape support to Face ID. However, landscape support in Face ID will not be making its way to existing iPhones, including the iPhone XS. Instead, this will only be available for 2018 iPad Pros.

iCloud Syncing for Memoji

While not yet active, Apple is working on bringing iCloud syncing for Memojis. This will allow users to sync their Memoji across devices. This makes sense since Apple is also bringing its TrueDepth camera system to its 2018 iPad Pro lineup.


iOS 12.1 beta also confirms that Apple plans on launching its 2018 iPad Pro lineup next month itself.

We have not noticed or come across any other changes in iOS 12.1 beta 1. But Apple is bound to have included some bug fixes and enhancements as well. If you come across any other changes, drop a comment and let us know about it.

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