iOS 12.1.1 is out with improvements for FaceTime and Face ID

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iOS 12.1.1 makes it easier to expand notifications on the iPhone XR.
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Apple has come out with a big new update for iOS 12 today that brings a host of new features and bug fixes to the iPhone and iPad.

iOS 12.1.1 is available now as an over-the-air update, adding expanded eSIM support on the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max as well as some changes to FaceTime and fixes for Face ID.

To grab the new iOS 12.1.1 update, go the General section in the Settings app, tap Software Update and then download the new software. iOS 12.1.1 is a minor update compared to the other updates Apple has come out with since iOS 12 launched publicly this fall.

Other new changes include the ability to change between front and rear facing cameras on FaceTime calls. You can also capture Live Photos on FaceTime calls. Notification previews with haptic touch are now available on iPhone XR

Here are the full release notes:

iOS 12.1.1 adds features and fixes bugs for your iPhone and iPad. Features and improvements include:

– Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
– Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
– One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
– Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
– The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
– Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
– Stability improvements for dictation along with VoiceOver

Bug fixes include:

– Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
– Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
– Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
– Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
– Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically

This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:

– Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
– HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls