Apple releases iOS 12.1 – The details

Apple has released iOS 12.1 to users, including South Africans, which brings an array of new features.

This includes Group FaceTime, over 70 new emoji, and support for dual SIM with eSIM for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

“This update also includes bug fixes and improvements,” said Apple.

The software update was 470.2MB when checked by MyBroadband on an iPhone X.

Details of the update are listed below.

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 straight from a group Messages conversation or join an active call at any time.


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

Dual SIM support

  • Introduces Dual SIM with eSIM, which allows two numbers on 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 mobile 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.
  • Fixes an issue where air quality descriptions could be mislabelled.
  • 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 Enrolment to report an Invalid Profile error for some business users.

Now read: Latest iOS update fixes iPhone charging problems

Latest news

Partner Content

Show comments


Share this article
Apple releases iOS 12.1 – The details