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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the third beta and 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, released last week.

    If any additional new features are found in the fourth iOS 12.1 beta, we'll update this post with details.

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

    Update 2: As noted by Emojipedia, Apple tweaked the design of the bagel emoji in iOS 12.1 beta 4 to add cream cheese and more texture to the bread.


    Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    12.0.1 was not released yesterday. I assume that’s a copy/paste error. :)
  3. aardwolf, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 15, 2018

    aardwolf macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    Yes, they have to copy/paste the exact same thing for all 11 builds... in case we forgot since last time. Apparently they have stopped reviewing it for accuracy.
  4. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2005
    By the way, there are a large number of people for whom 12.0.1 did NOT fix their WiFi performance issues. There is a real problem here on the XS.
  5. cjbski macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2014
    Why hasn't there been another public beta yet?
  6. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    ? Serious? I bet you the public beta 4 is released within 6 hours. chill out
  7. brian3uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2016
    it typically comes later in the day. just be patient.
  8. AngerDanger, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    ← Downward Crow's Head
    How blurry can you get it on a scale of Acceptable to Leaked iPhone Part?

  9. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Cant wait for Group Facetime. One of two features I really wanted with iOS 12
  10. FrenchRoasted macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2016
    Haven’t had a chance to try FaceTime till last night, now I know what everyone’s complaining about. How can they mess up an app so badly? Hoping the group version fixes the interface.
  11. buck1127 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2011
  12. BruceEBonus macrumors 65816


    Sep 23, 2007
    Derbyshire, England
    Where do Apple get their photo promotional model humans from? Do they make them? Or are they manufactured in an outsourced factory somewhere? They’re very realistic I must say!
  13. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Yeah gotta wonder whose idea it was to make multiple steps what used to be single steps. Switching cameras is something people do a lot of with Facetime.
  14. Adam620 macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2015
    Anyone having an issue where edited Live photos synced to MacOS Mojave via usb are not syncing back to their iPhone Xs iOS 12 through iTunes (Live within the MacOS photos app). The picture sync's just not the live feature, non edited live photos synced just fine. Not sure if this is limited to Mojave, iOS 12, new iTunes or the new iPhone Xs.

    I have tried un-syncing and re-syncing, Repairing photo library, rebuilding iPod photo cache with the the photos library, and restoring my iPhone and still have the issue. Thanks!!
  15. walnuts macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Anyone on the 12.1 public beta planning to get a Xr? I agreed to this public beta without thinking (it’s the same as the 12.0 beta group that would have been ok for a new phone in the fall). I’m only thinking now that if the Xr comes out before 12.1 does to the public, that I won’t be able to restore from a backup since the XR would have 12.0x. Anyone else in this boat?
  16. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    I can’t wait for the eSim and the depth of field photo effect. I hope they change the new interface of FaceTime as well. It seems difficult and not intuitive to use... especially when making the menu go away.
  17. iGeneo macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2010
    I wasn't getting the update, thought I'd remove and reinstall the profile.. Funny thing, it was gone? I was running 12.1.B3 as well?? Really odd, I do not remember ever uninstalling the profile. Anyhow.. reinstalled and B4 is downloading now.
  18. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
    Has somebody come across any noticeable improvements on the iPad?
  19. Voidmoji macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2018
    I don't see any improvements on my Pro 10.5, but it is still buttery smooth.
  20. CentralOffice, Oct 15, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 15, 2018

    CentralOffice macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Curious on battery life -- was considering installing but my battery life on 12.01 is excellent on the Max.
  21. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
    Cool, thanks! Frankly, I would consider putting back the control centre and time where they were a massive improvement..
  22. mbdownunder macrumors newbie


    Sep 22, 2012
  23. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Unbelievably aggravating, not to mention you can't even see the camera switch from back to front etc, what with the menu taking up the whole screen. Mad.
  24. Rorosbutt macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2013
    Does this bring back FaceTime camera button that was removed in iOS 12? Screenshots are okay but the photo button was better. You got a full res pic.
  25. class77 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    What if your slow wifi is NOT caused by connecting to the 2.4 range? What about addressing the poor LTE speeds? Anything done to address these problems

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