Fri. Aug 7th, 2020

iOS 12.1 public beta is available for testing

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After publicly releasing iOS 12 on Monday, Apple introduced the first developer beta of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 on Tuesday. Now, the first public beta of iOS 12.1 has been released. From the update, the iOS 12.1 public beta and the developer beta are the same. Although many users are busy upgrading their devices to iOS 12, Apple has quickly added its first public beta.

What’s new?

  • Group Facetime is a feature that allows up to 32 participants to simultaneously video chat. It can be used as a video conference, and it can also add animation effects to everyone in the conversation. Apple announced the new feature of iOS 12 at WWDC, and then removed the element in the August beta and promised to update to iOS 12 later this year. Now it has returned to the 12.1 betas, and of course, this may be re-tested.
  • The iOS 12.1 public beta includes a horizontal Face ID code hint, which should be ready for the upcoming iPad Pro. Also, Xcode Simulator for iOS 12.1 supports output resolutions up to 3,840 x 2160 (4K), which indicates that the USB-C interface on the new iPad Pro has its credibility and may support 4K external displays.
  • Some early testers reported that the rangefinder responded faster and the measurement data was more accurate.

There are also some features announced that will be added with future updates for iOS 12, but Apple does not specify a specific time, including

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) in the Health app: Apple Watch Series 4 includes the ability to get ECG (temporarily limited to the US), but the Health app in iOS 12 does not appear to have joined the data.
  • Dual SIM features: iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR support dual SIM cards (requires the carrier unlock), but it will not be implemented in the first launcher but will appear in the iOS 12 update later this year. This may be the official version of iOS 12.1, or it may be a later version.
  • New emoji: As part of the 11.0 standard, there will be a bunch of new emojis coming into iOS this year, and will be updated with subsequent releases.