Apple Seeds Third 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 third beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks 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 new iPhone XS and XS Max devices. 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 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 yesterday.

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

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

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 12.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Looks like the updates are weekly now. Hopefully we aren't too far off from the public release at this point.
  3. AngerDanger, Oct 9, 2018 at 10:11 AM
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Before anybody says that Apple needs to focus on hardware instead of emoji, let's take a second and think about what it'd look like if the emoji team started building Macs…

  4. pappy53 macrumors regular


    Aug 27, 2012
    North Carolina--God's country
  5. jona2125 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2010
  6. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
  7. Bob1985 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Has anyone tried group Facetime yet? Is it reliable when more than 2 persons are connected? With two kids in college, this is an important feature for me.
  8. Lvmyiphone macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2015
    Uhhhh does it fix the LTE issues??????
  9. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
  10. Lvmyiphone macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2015
    Could somebody explain to me why they not fixing to LTE issues?????
  11. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Vegas should have a betting line for when Apple says they'll release a product/software and when they actually do.
  12. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    No, probably just to wind you up
  13. EdT macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Because regular IOS update 12.0.1 includes fixes which are probably also in this beta.

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  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    When do they say that they will? And when do they say it and not do it when they say it?
  15. DaveMcM76 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    2.1Gb for iPad Air 2 but only 386.3Mb for iPhone 8, both OTA and both currently on beta 2. That’s a big download for the iPad for a beta 2 to 3 incremental.
  16. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020

    Feb 11, 2007
    Cause it's a hardware design issue. So they'll have to deny deny until they fix it next year
  17. pghjerryd macrumors newbie

    I don't think the LTE issue is affecting every XS / XS Max owner so its prob not something they can just "fix". My XS Max has amazing LTE coverage and speed, almost 10x the speed of my X.....
  18. DJM1740 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2015
    I read somewhere some time ago that you could get the developer profile with an unpaid developer account; I tried that but there is no way (I could find anyway) to get the developer profile unless I renew. Since I don’t develop apps for release, I’m not renewing it.

    Of course I could wait a few hours or a day for the public beta release too...but it’s just an unanswered question at this point.
  19. jona2125 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2010
    My speed is fantastic as well, when it works. But in multi-tower well covered areas where I'm not stationary it fails to decide what to do and my connection stalls entirely. If I sit it out for 15-20 minutes it works fine. I have been sending datalogs to Apple about this.
  20. msew macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2017
    I have iPhone XS Max 512 12.0.1 and my android phone can no longer hotspot to it. I get authenticating and then it doesn’t connect.

    All my iPhones and tablets are able to hotspot no problem.

    Anyone know if this issue is known / fixed in 12.1?
  21. nortonandreev macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2016
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Actually it’s easy to get it, but surely you can just wait several more hours for the pb release.
  22. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Sadly, this could be a REAL possibility!
  23. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Perhaps they are still investigating/working on it?
  24. iAdamator macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    South San Francisco, CA
  25. bigpoppa macrumors member


    Mar 23, 2005
    Seattle, WA USA

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