Apple’s iOS 12.1 Drops Today, Includes Group FaceTime & New Emoji

iOS 12.1 will enable dual-SIM functionality on iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

WATCH: All the new updates from Apple's iOS 12.1

As a result, Apple with iOS 12 opted to take on a different approach. The new Apple iOS 12.1 is a big incremental update and comes with several new features including Group FaceTime, activ Dual SIM feature select iPhones with eSIM, new Emoji, camera improvements and more. Make sure to give the new features a try and spam your friends with the new emoji tomorrow once the update starts rolling out. Apple says that these will also be coming to Apple Watch and Mac users with a software update, but does not say when. All that said, Apple's work with iOS 12 is far from over.

Apple will be introducing 70 new emoji with its iOS 12.1 update, and they include a cupcake, raccoon, llama, frozen face, kangaroo and much more.

Alongside this, Cook also confirmed that iOS 12 now sits on a whopping 60% of all active iPhones and iPads.

More than 70 new emoji have come to iPhone and iPad with iOS 12.1. Originally introduced at WWDC this past June, the feature didn't ship with the first incarnation of iOS 12. As was discussed earlier, Apple will soon seed its latest iPhones with Dual-SIM functionality which will be possible through support for the miniature eSIM slot.

The new FaceTime calls are supposedly "private and viewable only by the participants" and include an interesting feature to modulate the size of each person in the call in real time. Apple iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will support only Group FaceTime audio-calls and not video calls. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak. One can tap a specific person's tile and bring them to center as well.

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"FaceTime changed the way people communicate and share important moments, and now with Group FaceTime, it's easy to chat with more people than ever before - from 2 to 32 people".

Do we already have enough emojis?

The company's new firmware should hit any day now, and when it does iOS 12.1 will roll out Group FaceTime, which should support chats with up to 32 people.

This particular feature is pretty darn cool. You will also be able to adjust the depth of field in real-time preview before taking a shot in addition to post-capture.

One of the huge features arriving in iOS 12.1 is Apple's adjustable bokeh - background blur - for Portrait Mode photos.

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