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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing iOS 12, a major new version of the iOS software.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 12.1 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.


iOS 12.1 includes several new features that Apple promised would come to the iPhone XS and XS Max. The beta introduces support for the eSIM, which is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card.

Carriers will need to implement support for eSIM, which is likely to happen after iOS 12.1 launches. In the U.S., AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will support eSIM.


The iOS 12.1 update brings a new real-time Depth Control feature, which lets you adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them. Right now, in iOS 12, Depth Control is only available for post-capture editing.

If you tap on the "F" icon at the top of the screen while capturing a photo you use Depth Control to adjust the amount of background blur in an image.


In addition to these iPhone XS and XS Max features, iOS 12.1 reintroduces the Group FaceTime feature that was removed from iOS 12 during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime was present in many early betas but was ultimately removed because Apple needed more time to test it.

Group FaceTime is designed to let iPhone and Mac users conduct video and audio chats with up to 32 participants at one time, with new camera effects features included.

The update also adds more than 70 new emoji to iPhones and iPads, with options that include red hair, gray hair, curly hair, cold face, party face, face with hearts, mango, kangaroo, peacock, lobster, cupcake, and tons more.

As for bug fixes, iOS 12.1 addresses a charging problem that could cause iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12 to fail to charge when connected to a Lightning cable while the screen is off and it fixes a bug that caused iPhone XS and XS Max models to prefer 2.4GHz WiFi networks to 5GHz networks, resulting in perceived slower WiFi speeds. Both of these bugs have also been addressed in the iOS 12.0.1 update.

Update: Apple has released a new version of iOS 12.1 to its public beta testing group.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
 

BlendedFrog

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Anyone know how the eSim/dual sim will work? Can they both be active at the same time or would I have to flip between them depending on which number I want to use? I'm really looking forward to getting rid of google voice (which uses my 'fake' number I give out) and porting that into at&t for use in an eSim
 
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WolfSnap

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I really doubt the XRs will come with 12.1. They start shipping anytime for delivery Friday. I would think they would be in their boxes and all sealed up by now.

They may come with 12.0.1.
Apple updates the phones IN the boxes.. It's covered by one of their patents.

They build the phones, then, they're packaged, but left turned on and connected to a service network inside the factory. At some point, the latest build is pushed to the phones. They install iOS, probably do some self-tests while they're at it, then power down.

So, your phone might be in a box for a while before it actually gets updated with the latest iOS -- and it also means that they can update the phones to whatever the latest iOS is with a very short window of time before they're shipped.
 
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Apple updates the phones IN the boxes.. It's covered by one of their patents.

They build the phones, then, they're packaged, but left turned on and connected to a service network inside the factory. At some point, the latest build is pushed to the phones. They install iOS, probably do some self-tests while they're at it, then power down.

So, your phone might be in a box for a while before it actually gets updated with the latest iOS -- and it also means that they can update the phones to whatever the latest iOS is with a very short window of time before they're shipped.

I haven't heard that before, if it is true then that is pretty cool.
 
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jdclifford

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Anyone know how the eSim/dual sim will work? Can they both be active at the same time or would I have to flip between them depending on which number I want to use? I'm really looking forward to getting rid of google voice (which uses my 'fake' number I give out) and porting that into at&t for use in an eSim
I think I read that you set 1 as default then switch to the other as you need.
 
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bigpoppa

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Anyone know how the eSim/dual sim will work? Can they both be active at the same time or would I have to flip between them depending on which number I want to use? I'm really looking forward to getting rid of google voice (which uses my 'fake' number I give out) and porting that into at&t for use in an eSim
I thought I heard you can set it up to automatically handle what number handles what task. Just up to the carriers now to implement it.
 
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