Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1 With Expanded eSIM Support, Redesigned FaceTime With Live Photos, Haptic Touch for Notifications on iPhone XR, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released iOS 12.1.1, the third update to the iOS 12 operating system since its September launch. iOS 12.1.1 is a minor update that follows iOS 12.1, a more significant release that brought features like Group FaceTime, initial eSIM support, and new emoji.

    The iOS 12.1.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.1.1 is free to download.


    iOS 12.1.1 reintroduces a feature that's designed to let you take a Live Photo while on a FaceTime call so you can capture favorite moments and save them indefinitely. Taking a Live Photo on a FaceTime call requires the person you're video chatting with to have the "FaceTime Live Photos" setting toggled on, which can be accessed by going to Settings > FaceTime > FaceTime Live Photos. If this setting is disabled, people you chat with won't be able to take a Live Photo during the call.

    FaceTime also includes a reworked bottom bar that offers up quick access buttons for muting a call and flipping the camera. Sliding up on the bottom bar brings up additional options with conversation participants.

    Prior to today's update, FaceTime users were required to tap on three dots to access a secondary menu with these features, so this greatly streamlines often used options.

    eSIM support on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR has expanded to additional carriers across Europe in iOS 12.1.1, including Swisscom in Switzerland, Orange in Spain, and Three in Sweden and Denmark. We're checking to see if Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have added support for this feature.


    On the iPhone XR, the iOS 12.1.1 update introduces support for Haptic Touch with notifications. Haptic Touch can now be used to expand notifications on the Lock screen through a long press to see additional content. This is identical to the 3D Touch option on notifications on other iPhones.

    For owners of Apple Watch Series 4 models, the iOS 12.1.1 update introduces support for the the ECG feature that will be included in the watchOS 5.1.2 update for Apple Watch Series 4 models. A single-lead ECG reading, which detects your heart rhythm, can be taken on an Apple Watch Series 4 by placing a finger on the Digital Crown after updating to watchOS 5.1.2.

    ECG mention in Health app on iOS 12.1.1 via MacRumors forums

    iOS 12.1.1 also adds a new option in Apple News to hide the side bar on the iPad when using the app in landscape mode, it introduces an option to turn off the physical SIM in the device in favor of the eSIM, and it tweaks the icon of the Apple Watch app so it looks like the Apple Watch Series 4.

    iOS 12.1.1 release notes:
    macOS Mojave 10.14.2, tvOS 12.1.1, and a HomePod 12.1.1 software update were also released today, but there is no sign of watchOS 5.1.2 at this time.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1 With Expanded eSIM Support, Redesigned FaceTime With Live Photos, Haptic Touch for Notifications on iPhone XR, and More
  2. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    We should hear from the service providers soon with details on dual SIM support. This is what they were waiting for.

    Also, as someone that has been using the beta, the ability to turn off news providers list has been fantastic. I like having the full screen in the news app for, well, news.
  3. KrazyBear15 macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2011
    South Dakota
  4. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2010
    Can’t wait for the updates to show up on OTA. I’m sure they will at 1pm.
  5. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Not showing here. Not on my phone and/or Dev centre
  6. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
  7. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
  8. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    Will they finally fix the bug where audio completely stops coming out of the speaker in the earpiece and forces you to reboot the phone to fix it? Or is that actually a hardware bug that'll never get fixed?
  9. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    The update everyone without a heart issue has been waiting for.... Moan about no ECG support, now perform an ECG, and then never do it again.
  10. DTECHQUE macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2017
  11. efktd macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2011
    Thank you for bringing back Live Photo capture!
  12. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    Thank God they fixed flipping the camera, that was seriously annoying.
  13. BradMacPro macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2005
    Not shown here yet either and it's after 1 PM eastern time zone.
  14. mgollaher92 macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2016
    MacRumors readers .000345 seconds after this article: "I DON'T SEE ITTTTTT :mad:"
  15. BruceEBonus macrumors 65816


    Sep 23, 2007
    Derbyshire, England
    “ECG support”. Cardiologists are queuing up to find out how to do a 12 lead diagnostic via a watch strap. Good luck with that! “Ooh no. Really it is a ECG. There’s no logical or physical proof but it really is. I read it in the specs”. Really? Good luck with that!
  16. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    Why is the Haptic Touch notification limited to the iPhone XR?
  17. elie.fares macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Let’s hope American carriers bring dual sim support with this update.
  18. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
  19. lanegandy macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2015
    Because every other phone has 3D touch instead.
  20. Mercenary macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
  21. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Anyone interested in whether the update is showing up on my devices, whether I am downloading, and the download progress? If you beg me I will let you know. /s
  22. spezaled macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2017
    I assume it's the same build as the last Developer Beta(16C5050a)? This update is not showing up for me. Are we expecting a Watch OS update with the ECG function today as well?
  23. Tinototem macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2010
    I were disappointed that we did not have haptic touch for notification from release. Glad Apple fix this.
  24. stan1028 macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2011
  25. BarrettF77 macrumors member

    May 24, 2015
    I don't have haptic feedback on my iPad Pro?! I thought this was one of the features coming out with this release.

    In all seriousness, hopefully this squashes many of the bluetooth niggles with car audio etc.

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