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IOS 12.1 Group FaceTime Compatibility: Will Your Device Support It?

31 October, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • iOS 12.1 will enable dual-SIM functionality on iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

If you have not already installed the watchOS 5.1 update on your Apple Watch, my recommendation would be to simply wait for Apple to release a revised build.

Apple today released iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1 and watchOS 5.1.

One new iPhone camera trick highlighted during Apple's September keynote this year was the ability to adjust the level of background blur in Portrait mode shots.

A second camera change found in iOS 12.1 is that Apple has addressed reports of skin smoothing for selfies taken on 2018's flagship iPhones. Group FaceTime will be able to support upwards of 32 participants, though I can't imagine a scenario where that would actually be more beneficial than a conference call. Then prepare to have your day made: group video chats are finally coming to FaceTime with Apple's latest iOS update. The feature was unfortunately delayed from the original launch of iOS 12, but we now know it will be included in the public version of iOS 12.1, which is expected to be released later this week to coincide with Apple's October 30th event. 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.

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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.

Although older iPhones will not get these capabilities, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR receive depth control in real-time preview and dual-SIM support. The participants who are not active appears at the bottom of the screen until they speak. A simple tap also brings a participant front and center. Hopefully, with the new update, this is fixed. When calling more than one person, FaceTime will show a notification that'll let you instantly join a call without being distruptive, and Apple also says that all FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted so that they remain private. But this is not the dual SIM support that we're used to here in Malaysia.

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