iOS 12.1.2 possibly resolves iPhone sales ban in China

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In most of the world, iOS 12.1.2 fixes some bugs. But in China, it might remove some features.
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Apple has rushed out iOS 12.1.2 after a single round of beta testing. This highly unusual move could be part of the company’s response to a recent ban on iPhone sales in China.

The release notes on this new version say nothing about that though, just indicating that iOS 12.1.2 fixes some small issues.

Once you go to iOS 12.1 you’ll never go back

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Once you go iOS 12 you'll never go back.
As of today, your only options are iOS 12.1 and the beta of iOS 12.1.1.
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If you’ve moved to iOS 12.1, it’s no longer possible to go back to any previous version. Not that there’s much reason to.

As of today, you can’t install iOS 12.0.1 or earlier on an iPhone or iPad. This in-line with Apple’s standard practices.

Feeling drunk or gaseous? Woozy face is a versatile emoji

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What's with this face? The possibilities are many.
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A word of caution to fans of Dwayne Johnson should he ever use the woozy face emoji, just released in iOS 12.1: you may not want to “smell what The Rock’s got cookin.’”

Bemused by the puzzlement of the masses on social media, the former wrestler-turned-actor dropped his theories on Twitter on just what the half-cocked face might be expressing.

Shortcuts 2.1 adds new weather and timer actions

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Set a timer with the new Shortcuts v2.1.
Set a timer with the new Shortcuts v2.1.
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Amidst the flurry of iPad and Mac news yesterday, Apple also released the latest version of Shortcuts, the super-cool iOS automation app. The big news is the addition of seven new actions for checking the weather, setting timers and measurement conversions. Let’s take a look at Shortcuts 2.1.

What’s new in iOS 12.1

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iOS 12.1 brings live depth control preview to the camera app.
iOS 12.1 brings live depth control preview to the camera app.
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iOS 12.1 is now available to download, and it brings a surprising number of neat new features to iPhones and iPads.

We get to enjoy Group FaceTime, live Depth Control when we’re taking photos — and the essential bagel emoji.