IOS 12.1 to bring Group FaceTime, dual-SIM support


iOS 12.1 will also bring new artist pages, a daily playlist of the top 100 songs around the world, and the ability to search by lyrics to Apple Music.

With that, we get confirmation that the anticipated Group FaceTime feature is ready to go, after it was announced as an iOS 12 feature and then subsequently removed.

Ringless notification: When calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification that lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive.

The update does bring another feature Apple was originally supposed to ship with iOS 12: Group FaceTime.

Group FaceTime is integrated into Messages, so you can initiate a group call from within that app. During a group call, Facetime will automatically detect the active participant and bring them to the forefront. It will automatically size each person's image depending upon how active they are in the conversation, based on duration of speech, volume, and motion. You can set the amount of time you and your kids can spend each day on specific apps.

Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they talk.

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A tentpole feature of Apple's latest smartphones, dual-SIM support allows iPhone users to utilise two cellular plans on a single device without constant SIM card swapping.

The iOS update also adds more than 70 new emoji, including bald, red, and curly-haired characters.

Dual-SIM support is something that Apple promised with the launch of the new range of iPhones, and now it's here. Dual SIM support has been a standard feature on Android smartphones for years, but Apple has shown resistance towards it. It's a simple process really as you can download the update over the air like any other iOS release out there.

In all three of the 2018 iPhones, there is a physical nano-SIM slot as well as an eSIM slot which will allow users to use more than one carrier off their device. eSIM won't be readily available through all operators and the current list only include 14 operators, of which only 2 are available in India.

More than 70 new emoji have come to iPhone and iPad with iOS 12.1.