Apple will be releasing iOS 12.1 on October 30 with eSIM, Group FaceTime, more

Apple will be releasing iOS 12.1 on October 30 with eSIM support, Group FaceTime, new emojis, real-time Depth Control. The update will be available over-the-air to all compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

iOS 12.1 is a minor release but it contains a number of features that were announced earlier for iPhone XS and XS Max and iPhone XR, as well as for iOS 12. These include the following:

Group FaceTime

This feature was announced back in WWDC 2018. It allows users to have audio and video FaceTime calls with up to 32 users. However, during the iOS 12’s last few beta releases, Apple removed the feature and said that it will be releasing in a future update this year. With iOS 12.1 beta, Group FaceTime returned and is expected to make its public debut.iOS 12 Group FaceTime Video

New Emojis

New emojis will be making their way to all of Apple’s operating systems, including iOS 12.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.1 and watchOS 5.1. These new emojis were announced back in July and include 70 new ones, including a lobster, diverse hair colors and styles, new animals and food items, and much more.

iOS 12 Emojis

Real time Depth Control

Real time Depth Control for Portrait Mode was announced during the September event where iPhone XS and iPhone XR were announced. This feature will allow users to change the bokeh effect during a Portrait Mode photo capture. Users can change the intensity of the bokeh effect by changing the f stop value slider. Before iOS 12.1, users have been able to do this after capturing a photo and editing it on 2018 iPhones, however, the real time depth control will enable a live preview in the camera viewfinder, allowing users to make adjustments to the background blur.

eSIM/Dual-SIM support

eSIM support was announced for iPhone XS and iPhone XR however it was not enabled at release. With iOS 12.1, Apple will be turning on the switch for eSIM so users can use two SIMs with compatible cellular services. While users in China can get iPhones with two physical SIMs, users in rest of the world have to use a nano-SIM with an eSIM and this requires carrier support.

Find out more how eSIM/Dual SIM work in iPhone XS and iPhone XR and if your carrier will support eSIM

iOS 12.1 release time

Like with all software updates, expect iOS 12.1 to start rolling out to users at 10 am PDT. Make sure that your devices are charged and you backed up your data to iCloud before updating.

Apple is holding an event today (you can stream the live event) in Brooklyn where they will be announcing the next generation iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, AirPods, Mac Mini, MacBook Air and minor updates to iMac. There are rumors that we might get to see the new Mac Pro at the event as well. Along with iOS 12.1, Apple will also be releasing macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1. With watchOS 5.1, Apple will be enabling ECG in Apple Watch Series 4.