With Apple releasing the user guide for iOS 12.1 ahead of a potential release during the October 30th press event next week, it has become clear that not everyone will be able to take advantage of the Group FaceTime feature when the update is installed. If you haven't been following what the update brings to the table, we've highlighted some of iOS 12's more exciting features below.
You can check out the full set of features here. These include real-time depth control in the camera, letting iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR owners adjust the bokeh of a Portrait Mode photo before you take it. Your device should be using a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update.
iOS 12.1 adds over 70 new emoji, including people with different hair colours such as red and grey, as well as bald people.
FaceTime will now include the automatic detection of active speakers, displaying also the most prominent speakers on the call as priority. The size of the person's image then changes depending on how active they are being on the call. The system chosen by the company makes use of a physical nano-SIM and a digital eSIM.
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Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they talk.
First and foremost, iOS 12.1 will finally bring Group FaceTime to the iPhone.
Group FaceTime is integrated into Messages, so you can initiate a group call from within that app. A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre. 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.
Having a conversation with that many people involved sounds like a management nightmare, but Apple came up with a few ways to keep things running smoothly.