Apple has confirmed in a press release that it will be releasing iOS 12.1 to the public tomorrow (i.e. on October 30). The update will add Dual SIM support to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR series along with live Depth Control in the camera app.
Other notable new additions with iOS 12.1 will include Group FaceTime and support for over 70 new emojis. Group FaceTime, in particular, will make a lot of users happy as it allows for up to 32 people to be in a video call at once. FaceTime is also getting plenty of other new features as a part of iOS 12.1 including automatically detecting and highlighting the active speaker in a group call, integration with Messages app, and Ringless notification.
As for real-time Depth Control effect control, the iPhone XS and iPhone XR already offer bokeh adjustment after taking a Portrait photo but this will allow users to change the Portrait depth effect in real time. iOS 12.1 will also fix the BeautyGate issue plaguing the selfies taken from the iPhone XS and iPhone XR series.
Alongside iOS 12.1, Apple might also release watchOS 5.1, tvOS 12.1, and macOS 10.14.1. While tvOS and macOS Mojave updates are minor in nature, the watchOS 5.1 update is expected to enable the ECG functionality on the Apple Watch Series 4. The updates will presumably go live after Apple’s ‘There’s More in the Making’ event in Brooklyn where the company will unveil its 2018 iPad Pro lineup.
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