iOS 12.1 will likely launch next week

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iOS 12.1 could be out for iPhone and iPad by the end of this month.
iOS 12.1 could be out for iPhone and iPad by the end of this month.
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Apple introduced the fourth beta of iOS 12.1 to the general public today. The wait for the full version of this upgrade is almost certainly nearly over.

It will bring some new features and emojis, and is likely required for the new iPhone coming later this month.

Apple seeds iOS 12.1 beta 3 to developers

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iOS 12.1 brings back group FaceTime.
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Developers received a brand new beta for iOS 12.1 this morning, bringing a host of new tweaks and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

iOS 12.1 beta 3 comes one week after Apple seeded the last beta build to developers. The company also released the third beta builds of watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1 to developers today.

Group FaceTime returns in first macOS 10.14.1 public beta

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Anyone willing to install macOS 10.14.1 beta 1 can try out Group FaceTime.
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macOS 10.14 Mojave is still very new, but Apple isn’t resting on its laurels. It has already released the first public beta of a significant update.

Version 10.14.1 isn’t just bug fixes; it’s the first with Group FaceTime, a feature Apple has been promising since early summer.

macOS 10.14.1 goes to developers as a beta

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The most likely improvement in macOS 10.14.1 beta 1 is the return of Group FaceTime.
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macOS 10.14 Mojave launched yesterday, but Apple already started testing the next version. Developers were just given access to a pre-release beta of macOS 10.14.1.

With availability so recent, it’s not yet known what’s in the new version. That said, the most likely enhancement is the return of Group FaceTime.

First iOS 12.1 public beta offers Group FaceTime

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Group FaceTime is back! Sort of. You can call 32 friends at once if you're all willing to install iOS 12.1 public beta 1.
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Anyone who’d like to try out iOS 12.1 can now do so. Apple just seeded the first public beta, a couple of days after the developer-only version.

Be warned: those who are going to trade in their current iPhone for a shiny new iPhone X’s tomorrow absolutely should not install this.

iOS 12 public beta 6 improves markup tools, kills Group FaceTime

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iOS 12 public beta 6 lets you try out the new iPhone and iPad features a month before the expected full release.
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The wait for a new pre-release version of iOS 12 is over: the sixth beta can be downloaded now by anyone who wants to try it.

The markup tools have been greatly enhanced. Sadly, the other major change is the removal of Group FaceTime.

Apple yanks Group FaceTime from the Mac, too

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As with iOS 12, support for FaceTiming multiple people simultaneously won't be a part of macOS Mojave when it first launches.
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Apple just released a fresh beta of macOS Mojave to the public, on the way to a full launch this fall. While betas usually bring new capabilities, the one just introduced is missing a feature.

Earlier this week, Apple said Group FaceTime won’t debut until later this year. It’s now been pulled from the latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas.

Apple pulls Group FaceTime from iOS 12

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We're going to have to wait a bit longer than we expected for Group FaceTIme.
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Group FaceTime, one of the hot new features promised for iOS 12, won’t be available when the operating system debuts this fall. Apple now says it will push back the Group FaceTime launch until later this year. The company gave no reason for the delay.