Apple's New iOS Releases Today With Group FaceTime & New Emojis

Apple's New iOS Releases Today With Group FaceTime & New Emojis

Following the introduction of the iPhone X previous year, and a full lineup of X-inspired devices this fall, Apple has also updated the smartphone emoji in iOS 12.1 to show a bezel-free iPhone design.

Apple just announced that it will be rolling out its iOS 12.1 update, for the iPhone and the iPad, starting today.

The new iOS 12.1 brings more than 70 emoji ranging from adorable Llama, swan, racoon to annoying mosquito.

For iPhone XS and XS Max owners, there's now a fix for the automatic skin smoothing on selfies, and you can adjust the depth of field before you take a portrait mode shot.

Group FaceTime allows you to video chat with up to 32 people simultaneously and supports stickers, video filters and Animoji/Memoji.

You can check out the full set of features here.

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Apple released iOS 12 back in September to much fanfare from its huge user base.

One of the huge features arriving in iOS 12.1 is Apple's adjustable bokeh - background blur - for Portrait Mode photos. You can download watchOS 5.1 by going into the Watch app on your iPhone and selecting General Software Update.

iOS 12.1 also adds dual-SIM support for iPhone XS and XR, so you'll be able to have two lines running on the same phone. The interesting thing about the new feature is the iPhone can track facial motion and automatically recognise them active speakers and brings to the forefront of the group chat. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak.

The feature integrates with iMessage as well, meaning you can easily call your iMessage group from the Messages app anytime you want, and members can join at any time, even after the call has started. "A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre", Apple added. If people in a conversation have already started a FaceTime session, Messages shows the active call in the conversation list and inside your conversations. The system chosen by the company makes use of a physical nano-SIM and a digital eSIM.

Although all devices supporting iOS 12.1 can perform audio calls using Group FaceTime, only the iPhone 6S and later offer support for group video calls.

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