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iOS 12 vs iOS 11: What’s New in iOS 12.1

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These are the exciting iOS 12.1 features coming to your iPhone and iPad with this newest update. You don’t need to buy the new iPad Pro or upgrade to the iPhone XS to get these new features and bug fixes — you just need to install iOS 12.1.

The iOS 12.1 update is a major upgrade for the iPhone and iPad running iOS 11, iOS 12 and iOS 12.0.1. Unlike the last, small, update that focused on fixes, the iOS 12.1 update includes a large number of new features that you can use on your iPhone and iPad every day.

Here are the iOS 12.1 features worth upgrading for. This guide to what’s new in iOS 12.1 also includes a look at the new iOS 12 features and how it compares to iOS 11 if you haven’t updated yet.

While this is a major update it isn’t changing the look of iOS on your iPhone or iPad. We’ve been using Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts and also trying out Waze and Google Maps on Apple CarPlay, but now you get more new features. This includes Group FaceTime, New Emojis, Photos upgrades, eSIM support and it brings along watchOS 5.1 with the ECG feature on the Apple Watch 4.

The iOS 12.1 update is free and should arrive today for the iPhone and iPad. If your device is on iOS 12, it is a quick update, if it is on iOS 11 you can upgrade but it will take a little longer.

Here’s what’s new on iOS 12.1 and iOS 12 for the iPhone and iPad.

Group FaceTime in iOS 12.1

Group FaceTime in iOS 12.1

Originally announced earlier this year, Apple is finally bringing Group FaceTime to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 12.1. This allows up to 32 users to joina single FaceTime video call. The FaceTime app will automatically bring the person speaking into the forefront or make them bigger if multiple people are talking.

Group FaceTime even supports MeMoji and Animoji if you are on the iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Not all iOS 12.1 devices will work with Group FaceTime. If you are on an iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 or iPad Air you will not get Group FaceTime. On the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you only get support for Group FaceTime Audio calls.

You will be able to call other users with Group FaceTime if they have a compatible device and are also on iOS 12.1. This feature is coming to the Mac with a free macOS Mojave update.

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