iOS 12.1 now GA

This came down this morning, and it doesn’t have much for me - other than security type stuff.  The fact I can do FaceTime with 32 people is not something I am likely to use.  But security and patches is always good.

I have updated an old iPad, iPad 10.5, and an iPhone 8 with no issues.  The iPad 10.5 and iPhone were done via iTunes, and the old iPad was done OTA.  But it is not important and has nothing on it other than web browsers and IMDB.  Also, did a couple of Apple TV updates to 12.1 with no issue. BTW, my HomePod updates itself.



iOS 12.1 introduces Group FaceTime, adds over 70 new emoji, and includes support for Dual SIM with eSIM for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Group FaceTime
• Adds support for video and audio calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously
• Encrypted end-to-end so your conversations remain private
• Start Group FaceTime right from a group Messages conversation, or join an active call at any time

• Over 70 new emoji, including new characters with red hair, gray hair and curly hair, new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emoji representing animals, sports and food

Dual SIM support
• Introduces Dual SIM with eSIM which allows two numbers in one device for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Other improvements and fixes
• Introduces Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
• Improves cellular connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
• Adds the ability to change or reset your child’s Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID
• Fixes an issue where the sharpest reference frame was not always selected in front-facing photos for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
• Resolves an issue that caused messages to be merged into one thread when two users were signed in with the same Apple ID on multiple iPhones
• Addresses an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
• Resolves an issue in the Phone app that could cause phone numbers to appear without their corresponding contact name
• Fixes an issue that could prevent Screen Time from reporting specific websites in the activity report
• Addresses an issue that could prevent adding or removing family members from Family Sharing
• Adds a performance management feature to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down, including the option to disable this feature if an unexpected shutdown occurs, for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
• Adds the ability for Battery Health to inform users that it is unable to verify if a genuine Apple battery is in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
• Improves reliability of VoiceOver in Camera, Siri, and Safari
• Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrollment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:


  • 11/3/18 - added the Tidbits link to the release info.
  • Published on 10/20/18.


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