iOS 12.1 inches closer to launch with new beta

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Group FaceTime
iOS 12.1 brings back group FaceTime.
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The public release of iOS 12.1 could finally be drawing upon us.

After releasing the fourth beta last week, Apple has already come out with the fifth beta build of the big software update this morning. It looks like the company is fixing a few final flaws before the iPhone XR comes out.

Registered developers can now download iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5 and watchOS 5.1 beta 5 from Apple’s online developer portal. iOS 12.1 beta 5 can also be installed as an over-the-air update if you have the previous beta installed.

New iOS 12.1 features

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features, including Group FaceTime and over 70 new emoji. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time Depth Control for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. eSIM support will only be available in the U.S. on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

With the public launch of the iPhone XR this Friday, we expect Apple could come out with iOS 12.1 on the same day.