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What's New in Messages and FaceTime in IOS 12



Apple Messages app has been the focus of several major updates in recent years, but in IOS 12 this year, Messages receives only a minor update. There is a new iMessage applet box, plus a new process for adding previously taken photos to a conversation.

Messages

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The notification program in iOS 12 does not receive lots of new features or changes. Instead, there are a few smaller tweaks that should make the message a little easier. The I button is also away from the upper right corner of a conversation thread. To view a contact information, touch the image at the top of the screen.

If you are looking for the photo selector, touch the Photos icon in the iMessage app box. It's an extra step, and it's frustrating.

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Screenshots of Jason Cipriani / CNET

The camera app in messages gets some new features. After launching the camera in a conversation, you can take photos or videos with filters, use stickers or add drawings to spice photos shared with a loved one. To use the new photo tools, press the button in the lower left corner of the camera folder.

There are also three new Animoji characters, and a new Memoji feature allows you to create an Animoji that looks like you. Check out how to create your own Memoji here .

FaceTime

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Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

When Apple first announced iOS 12, FaceTime conversation group was announced. The opportunity to chat with up to 32 people with FaceTime was promised and deleted before iOS 12 was released, with a promise of the feature that will be back.

Fast-scrolling to the release of iOS 12.1 and Group FaceTime calls live well, complete with Memoji and Animoji.

You can read more about placing a group of FaceTime calls here, but the process is similar to how it has always been. While in a call, thumbnails – called a tile – are displayed with each person's video. If the user is connected to audio, a colorful tile and first letter will appear in their name. When a person starts to talk, the plate becomes bigger and other participant cards are lowered.

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Oh, and those who like new camera effects Apple has added in the Messages app – you can use them in FaceTime as well. To find the nice effects, press the Star button and then select the effect you want to use.

Originally published June 7th.

Update, November 1st : Added the latest information about the release of iOS 12.1 and the release of the FaceTime group.

iOS 12 : How to update and what to expect.

Group FaceTime : How to Use It on Your iPhone or iPad


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