Firmware update: Apple iOS 12.1




Apple has released version 12.1 of iOS. Apple iOS is the operating system for the iPhone, the iPod touch and the iPad. Version 12 of iOS can only be installed on the iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2 and sixth generation iPod touch or newer. In version 12 , Apple has focused on improving performance, which is particularly noticeable on older hardware. Furthermore, users can gain insight into the use of their device. Version 12.1 also brings the following changes and improvements:

Group FaceTime
Adds support for video and audio calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously
Encrypted end-to-end so your conversations remain private
Start Group FaceTime right from a group Messages conversation, or join an active call at any time
About 70 new emoji, including new hair and curly hair, new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food
Dual SIM support
Introduces Dual SIM with eSIM which allows two numbers in one device for XS iPhone, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Other improvements and fixes
Introduces Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Improves cellular connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Adds the ability to change or reset your child’s Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID
Fixes an issue where the sharpest reference frame was not always selected in front-facing photos for XS iPhone, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Resolves an issue that messages are merged into one thread when two users were signed in with the same Apple ID on multiple iPhones
Addresses an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
Resolves an issue in the Phone app
Fixes an issue that could prevent Screen Time from reporting specific websites in the activity report
Addresses an issue that could prevent or remove family members from Family Sharing
Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Adds the ability to reduce battery life to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is available in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
Improves reliability of VoiceOver in Camera, Siri, and Safari
Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users
Apple iOS 12

Version number 12.1
Release status Final
Operating systems iOS
License type Freeware


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