Apple released the first major iOS 12 update Tuesday, October 30, just a few hours after Apple's iPad and Mac presentation. While iOS 12.1 is the first official update to meet iPhones since iOS 12.0.1, beta testers have had an exclusive preview of all the new features that latest OS has to offer. So what's new in iOS 12.1, and how can you be among the first to experience the new update?
Apple made an odd mistake when it was confirmed in iOS 12.1's release date. While the press release of 29 October clearly shows that the software will be released on Tuesday 30 October, the preview of the press release would claim that the date of issue would be "today", referring to 29 October. To be clear, it is scheduled to be released on Tuesday after Apple's event, not earlier.
Developer and public software engineers are quite familiar with iOS 12.1 at this time. Apple sown the first version of beta just one day after iOS 12's official release, almost one and a half and a half ago. If you want to be at the forefront of new iOS features, consider downloading and installing beta for your iPhone today. Although iOS 12.1 is still the latest beta, you will be in line to receive all subsequent beta versions from here.
Apple iOS 12.1 is considered a "smaller" update, but not the same as 12.0.1. Apple released it later to address specific connection errors found in IOS 12, thus the ".0.1" designation. On the other hand, 12.1 introduces brand new features to users on iOS 12.
A feature that is sure to make a splash is Group FaceTime. Originally scheduled for release as part of iOS 12, Apple quietly delayed the feature to an unspecified time in the fall of 2018. Access to 32-person chats is yours when you update your iPhone.
In addition to Group FaceTime, Apple releases more than 70 new emojis with 12.1 – 76 to be exact. Among the new additions are new hair colors and options, new smileys and even the addition of cream cheese to bagel emoji.
These are just two of the new features sent with iOS 12.1.
How can I download it?
Apple iOS 12.1 now rolls out on all compatible iPhones via an OTA (over air) update. If your iPhone can run iOS 12, it can run 12.1. Just like an update, here are all compatible iPhone models:
You can find this update in Settings under "System Update" in "General." Alternatively, you can enable the "Automatic Updates" feature iOS 12 to simply get the update installed overnight.
Not all iPhone can get the update at once. If you do not enable "Automatic Updates", continue to check your "System Update" page regularly.