Fresh iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS betas head to developers

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FaceTime group calls iOS 12
With updates now in beta, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.will all support Group FaceTime.
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Apple is plugging away at updates for all its operating systems, and just came out with no less than four new betas exclusively for developers. These are the second pre-release versions of iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1.

In a somewhat unusual circumstance, the highlight of three of these disparate updates is the same feature: Group FaceTime.  

The ability to make FaceTime calls to multiple people simultaneously was supposed to launch last month, but Apple needed extra time to iron out wrinkles in the code. So it will debut in the next operating system update for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

The exception is tvOS, as Apple TV doesn’t offer FaceTime at all.

More about iOS 12.1

There are other new features coming in iPhone and iPad as well. Developers who install iOS 12.1 beta 2 can test out the camera app’s real-time depth adjustment, dual SIM support, and 70 new emojis. 

Currently, the second beta versions of macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1, iOS 12.1, and tvOS 12.1 are only available to those who have enrolled in the Apple Developer Program and paid their $99 annual fee.

A public version of all these will almost certainly be made available soon, however.