Apple has provided participants of its developer beta testing program new builds, with the second betas of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1 Mojave and watchOS 5.1.
iOS 12.1 introduces several new features that Apple promised would come to the new iPhone XS and XS Max devices. The beta introduces support for the eSIM, which is a digital SIM that lets you activate a cellular plan from a carrier without the need to use a physical SIM card. Carriers will need to implement support for eSIM. In the U.S., AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will support eSIM.
The iOS 12.1 update brings a new real-time Depth Control feature, which lets you adjust the depth of field of your Portrait Mode photos before you capture them.
The iOS 12.1 update includes support for Group FaceTime, a feature that was removed during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime, which lets you chat with up to 32 people at once 。
Apple today announced that new emoji are coming in the iOS 12.1 beta, with options to include red hair, gray hair, curly hair, and no hair, along with smiley faces that include cold face, party face, pleading face, face with hearts, and tons more.
The iOS 12.1 has included a fix for the charging issue plaguing a very small set of iPhone and iPad owners where the device refused to charge until awakened after the iOS 12 update.
No other significant features were found in the first developer beta of macOS Mojave, but the main addition is the return of Group FaceTime. The feature that was removed during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime, which lets you chat with up to 32 people at once, is also present in the iOS 12.1 beta.
The second beta of tvOS 12.1’s build is number 16J5584c . The first beta was build number 16J5575c. Details about its contents are unknown, but version 12.1 is likely to consist of bug fixes and performance improvements, rather than new features.
Apple’s second watchOS 5.1 beta bears build number 16R5568d, up from the first developer beta build 16R5559d. It gains the ability to answer Group FaceTime calls on the Apple Watch, with it able to handle the call via audio until the user can access an iOS device to continue in video.