Apple released iOS 12 in September, and now the company is moving forward with beta software for an upcoming update to the mobile operating system.
Apple today seeded the second developer beta of iOS 12.1, along with the second developer beta of watchOS 5.1 as well. This update isn’t a major software upgrade for either operating systems, instead focusing on improving the overall software experience and squashing any bugs that have been discovered since the last developer beta was seeded.
However, it is worth noting that iOS 12.1 does include some new features in the mix. The primary new addition is support for group FaceTime calls, which will allow users to chat with up to 32 people at once with the video calling feature. We also know the previous beta introduced iCloud sync for Memoji. Finally, landscape support for Face ID was discovered within the code for the prerelease software, suggesting that feature will be available for future iPad Pro models that support Face ID. eSIM support is also coming with iOS 12.1, but the wireless carriers will also need to support this feature when it arrives.
Registered developers can download and install the latest iOS 12.1 beta through the Settings app. It is available as a standard over-the-air update, or the new software can also be installed directly from Apple’s dedicated developer portal.
Meanwhile, to update to the latest watchOS 5.1 developer beta, the Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery remaining, be connected to its charger, and be within range of the iPhone. And to update to tvOS 12.1, the automatic downloads feature should download and install the new feature in the background.
The latest developer betas for iOS and watchOS are available now.
Update: Apple has also seeded the second public beta of iOS 12.