iOS 12.1 brings Group FaceTime and 70 new emoji tomorrow


FaceTime parties are going to be fun.
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The long wait for Group FaceTime calls is nearly over.

Apple revealed today that the big iOS 12.1 update will finally be released to the public tomorrow, bringing a host of new features and fixes to the iPhone and iPad.

iOS 12.1 has been in beta testing for more than a month as Apple worked on some features that were pulled from the shipping version of iOS 12. The big update adds the ability to make Group FaceTime calls with up to 32 people at once.

Over 70 new emoji are being added to the iPhone and iPad keyboard for all users. iPhone XS and XR owners will gain a new real-time Depth Control feature on the camera so they can control how blurry the background is on Portrait Mode shots.

iOS 12.1 also will bring support for Dual SIM on the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. The feature will only be available in the U.S. on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile to start with.

Apple’s press release for the iOS 12.1 launch doesn’t give an exact time of its availability, but we’re guessing it’ll be released at 10 a.m. Pacific, which is when the company usually pushes out software updates.

Apple is also expected to unveil new iPads and Macs tomorrow. The company is hosting a product keynote at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30 at 7 a.m. Pacific. As usual, Cult of Mac will be here to live blog all of the action, so come back and see what Tim Cook and the Apple squad unveil.


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