Apple’s iOS 12.1 update is finally available for iPhone and iPad users all around the world and it brings with it long awaited features.
One of these includes Group FaceTime.
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“Now with Group FaceTime, it’s easy to chat with more people than ever before — from 2 to 32 people,” the company revealed on its website.
Though 32 people might seem like a crowd, Apple also added a few additional updates to FaceTime to make things a bit more understandable.
“FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the forefront,” it added.
The company further explained that a speaker’s tile size would correlate to how much they contribute to the conversation.
Other FaceTime updates include:
- Ringless notification so that you can join is a group call without disturbing anyone.
- Ability to Group FaceTime through a group chat in the Messages app.
- End-to-end encryption for privacy.
With iOS 12.1 you can now also control depth through your camera. This means that you can “now dynamically adjust the depth of field in real-time preview in addition to post-capture, enabling more control to create portraits with a beautiful background blur”.
The updated operating system includes a new dual SIM support as well, allowing users to “activate an additional cellular plan from a carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM”.
Lastly, and after a rather long wait, those 70 new emoji Apple promised are included in the iOS 12.1 update.
“New emoji will also be available on Apple Watch and Mac with a free software update,” the company added.
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