Apple has released iOS 12.1.1 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new update, thought small in size, comes hot on the heels of iOS 12.1 release and contains some useful improvements to the camera UI in FaceTime. It also sees the return of FaceTime Live Photo capture which was missing since iOS 12’s beta testing started. The developer beta is available as an over-the-air update, as well as a firmware file from Apple Developer Center.
iOS 12.1.1 beta 2 features
Apple has not shared a change log for a list of new features so it will take some digging to find them all. However, here is the list of features from the first iOS 12.1.1 beta:
FaceTime Live Photos
iOS 12.1.1 finally brings back FaceTime Live Photo capture which was strangely missing since iOS 12 was in beta. This feature lets you users capture a live photo of participants and can preview it via 3D Touch or long pressing on non-3D Touch devices. These Live Photos can also be previewed in macOS in Photos app or via Quick Look.
Camera Flip button
This was the change that bothered almost every FaceTime user. In iOS 12, Apple hid the camera flip button, which lets you switch between front and rear cameras, behind a menu. This meant that a task which previously required one tap, not required users to find it behind a menu. Users had been extremely vocal about this change and luckily, Apple has heard the feedback and changed the location of the button so users can instantly switch between cameras. FaceTime calls now show 4, instead of 3 buttons, in the bottom toolbar so users get quicker access to the camera flip button.
Download iOS 12.1.1 beta 2
If you already have a developer beta profile installed on your iPhone or iPad, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install the new beta. If you have an Apple Developer account, you can also download the full firmware file to restore to your device via iTunes.
Apple has shared the following known issue with VoiceOver and Speech, so avoid the beta if you rely on these features.
After upgrading to iOS 12.1.1 beta, you might be unable to select the voice used for VoiceOver and other Speech products.
If you do not have an Apple Developer account and are looking for the configuration profile, you can download it by opening this link in Safari on your iPhone or iPad.