IOS 12.1 supports dual-SIM, group FaceTime, and stops ‘fixing’ selfies

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Now with the iOS 12.1 update, the software has been upgraded to support eSIM functionality. In addition to all these new features, the software update is also expected to bring some performance improvements and bugfixes. Speaking of the camera, the update to iOS 12.1 also includes a fix for a bug many refer to as Beautygate, which was resulting in overly smoothed selfies taken with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Don't panic though, as you can take a backup of everything using iTunes or iCloud and restore your device once you have set up iOS 12.0.1.

Apple also introduced depth control for portrait photos for the new iPhones, at the launch.

The Cupertino-based firm went on: "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".

When initiating a new group call, the FaceTime app enables adding multiple contacts at once then choosing whether to start an audio or video call. The size of the person's image then changes depending on how active they are being on the call. 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.

Among the most annoying bugs that will probably be crushed by iOS 12.1 is the "beauty-gate" issue. If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations.

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

See how the depth control works in the video below.

Reddit users also experienced bricked Apple Watch units after trying to install watchOS 5.1.

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. They feature a nano-SIM and digital eSIM.

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