Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers With Group FaceTime

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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, just one day 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.


It's not clear what features might be included in the iOS 12.1 beta, but Apple removed the Group FaceTime feature from iOS 12 ahead of its launch and promised to introduce it in a future update, which could be iOS 12.1.

The update may also feature new emoji that are said to be in the works and coming in an iOS 12 update later this year.

We'll update this post with details on the new features that are included in iOS 12.1 once we've downloaded the software and have had time to check it out. Apple today also released a new beta version of Xcode, Xcode 10.1.

Update: The iOS 12.1 beta reintroduces support for Group FaceTime, a feature that was removed from iOS 12 ahead of its release. Apple needed more time to test Group FaceTime and said that it would be coming in a software update later this fall. Group FaceTime is designed to let you audio or video chat with up to 32 people at one time.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers With Group FaceTime
 

Eorlas

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Some hints:

Exploits available to security researchers in the iOS 12 betas were not patched for the final release, and it has already been jailbroken along with a fully untethered jailbreak by a security team in China. This likely patches that.

This also probably patches the exploit that triggers device reboot.

Feature-wise someone will have to try it out to see what it adds.
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Hope they sort the battery drain issue out this time.

iOS 12 is worse the iOS 11.
If you just updated, you're likely seeing the indexing process take its effect. New iOS releases typically get better after a couple days.
 

CIA

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A lot of the slides used during the Keynote last week (EKG slides are an example) had fine print at the bottom saying "Running iOS 12.1 and WatchOS 5.1. So I bet EKG and other features are going to require that update to work.
 

MrGimper

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Some hints:

Exploits available to security researchers in the iOS 12 betas were not patched for the final release, and it has already been jailbroken along with a fully untethered jailbreak by a security team in China. This likely patches that.

This also probably patches the exploit that triggers device reboot.

Feature-wise someone will have to try it out to see what it adds.
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If you just updated, you're likely seeing the indexing process take its effect. New iOS releases typically get better after a couple days.
Suspect there's more than a couple of security patches for a .1 release
 

ck2875

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For those receiving a new phone or watch on Friday, you may want to wait until you receive your new device if you want to restore from a backup. You won't be able to restore a backup from iOS 12.1 or watchOS 5.1 to a device on iOS 12 or watchOS 5. If you update your current device now, you'll have to set up the new devices on Friday as a new device, install the beta profiles, update, reset the device, and then restore from a backup.
 

chucker23n1

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Some hints:

Exploits available to security researchers in the iOS 12 betas were not patched for the final release, and it has already been jailbroken along with a fully untethered jailbreak by a security team in China. This likely patches that.
Possibly, but this is a feature release. If there's a critical security issue, they'll patch that in a 12.0.1, unless 12.1 is slated to be released within a few weeks anyway.
 
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