iOS 12.1 Update | Group FaceTime, Dual-SIM, & More Features

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Apple is all set to release iOS 12.1 with some features that iOS users have been eagerly waiting for. If reports are true, new features would include Group Facetime and dual-SIM support for the 2018 models. This means that the users having iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR could get these new features.

According to a 9To5 Mac report, not all devices will get the new FaceTime even with the iOS 12.1 update. Devices such as iPad mini 2, iPad Air, and iPad mini are probably not on the list. Even iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus devices would get the FaceTime option limited to voice calls only.

Oh really! Group FaceTime allows 32 Participants to join

According to a new e-Book, FaceTime Video would allow up to 32 participants to join the video chat group. Slated for September release, Apple postponed the iOS 12.1 release after encountering some issues during the beta run.

The Tentpole Feature

With the tentpole feature, Apple’s latest smartphones allow users to use multiple cellular plans on one device without swapping cards.  The Cupertino, California-based company has integrated the technology which is fit for Physical SIM and embedded eSIM.

Group FaceTime for MacOS under Testing

Meanwhile, the Tim Cook-led company is also testing the Group FaceTime chats for MacOS Mojave users. The company is looking to test the fifth beta for MacOS Mojave 12.14.1 released to developers this week. Once testing is successful, users will get the feature with the Apple’s MacOS Mojave 10.14.1 release. Thus, the new release will allow families and organizations to conduct group video chats over FaceTime.

FaceTime for MacOS Mojave

Earlier, FaceTime allowed communication over a one-to-one connection only. However, FaceTime didn’t allow users to join the FaceTime from different places. With Group FaceTime, it would become possible for users to join the group call from different locations simultaneously.

No Additional Software for New Group FaceTime Feature

Further, users will not require installing any extra software to use the new FaceTime feature. To the uninitiated, other services like Microsoft Skype or Google Hangouts require users to download a separate app. Other than this new group chat feature, the MacOS Mojave 10.14.1’s 5th beta will also rollout 70 new emojis. This news came in from a report on AppleInsider.

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