The new version of the operating system for Apple’s mobile devices, iOS 12, brings significant improvements and features. Although it was launched three weeks ago, Apple is already testing its next update; iOS12.1, with users on the beta release cycle. This new version will add new features to the iPhone and iPad, although not as many as its predecessor. Speed tests performed on older iPhone models, such as the iPhone 5s, show iOS 12 offers up to 17% more performance.
Update: October 9th 2018: Apple releases iOS 12.1 beta 3 to those with developer accounts with Apple. Non-developers who wish to be part of the latest public beta test can sign up at beta.apple.com using the device on which you wish to install the beta, and download and install the beta using your registered beta profile.
The following are the 6 most important iOS 12.1 features that we can enjoy later this year in the coming release of iOS 12.1 (2018).
FaceTime group calls
Apple dropped this iOS 12 feature from the iOS 12 beta in August, and has promised it would arrive as an update to iOS 12 later this year.
One of the features that Apple unveiled last June of iOS 12 was the group calls of FaceTime. This feature allows you to make calls with up to 32 people, either audio or video.
iOS 12.1 Beta: has hints on a new iPad Pro with USB-C & 4K Support
There are strong hints that a new iPad is to released with support for 4K external displays and USB-C. The next iPad Pro could drop the Lightning charging connector in favor of something more universal. The device’s next software update, iOS 12.1, has entered the beta stage with an early version released to third-party developers ahead of launch. The release contains hints that suggest the Apple offer USB-C, enabling greater use of peripherals and support for 4K resolutions. Apple’s traditional $75.00 (AU$) Lightning to HDMI adapter currently supports resolutions up to 1080p. While Apple could update both adapter and iPad to support 4K, there are hints in 12.1 of dropping “Lightning” as a go-between.
New in iOS 12.1: the iOS Simulator supports virtualized 4K external displays. This is not possible on any existing iOS device via the Lightning HDMI adapter — lends credence to iPad perhaps getting a USB-C port for 4K video-out? pic.twitter.com/WfNBerHIrb
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 19, 2018
The new upcoming iPad Pro : with iOS 12.1
eSIM Functionality Available in iOS 12.1, But Carrier Support is Required
eSIM for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
Apple’s iOS 12.1 beta introduces support for the eSIM, being a digital SIM that lets you activate a mobile cellular plan from your carrier without needing to use a physical SIM card. In the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, the eSIM pairs with the included nano-SIM to enable dual-SIM functionality. The version to be sold in markets other than China relies on using one virtual eSIM alongside the physical nano-SIM.
Via eSIM, users would have the possibility of having two telephone numbers in the same device.
However, not all carriers are compatible with this technology, so they will have to be updated in order to offer the virtual SIM card. Dual SIM card support makes traveling internationally more convenient since you can keep two numbers active at once. To date, ten countries offer eSIM; Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Spain, the UK, and the US.
More than 70 new Emoji figurines
Apple has ensured that iOS 12.1 will include all Emoji Unicode 11 standard that did not arrive in time for the launch of iOS 12.
Among them, there are new icons of redheaded people, bald or with curly hair, in addition to facial expressions, superheroes and symbols.
Real-time depth control camera
Apple appear to be adding an extension to the feature with live depth adjustment controls in the viewfinder.
One of the most applauded features of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR is the coming support for Live Depth Of Field Adjustment – in real time. This allows you to adjust the depth of field before taking the picture. The feature will be available later this year when the iOS 12 update is publicly released. As of now, it is available in iOS 12.1 beta 1.
A slider at the bottom allows you to adjust the depth before actually capturing the shot.
Other small changes
With each new update, many changes and patches are included internally that the user does not see. The performance and autonomy of the device is improved, in addition to solving possible security failures. For example, users that have already tested the beta of iOS 12.1, report that the Measure app is now more accurate.
Improvements are also incorporated to solve the Lightning Charging issue, an error that prevented the iPhone from loading correctly, and another that slowed down Wi-Fi connections (2.4GHz WiFi Bug) Although there are already patches in 12.0.1, it is expected that they will continue to improve.
iPhone devices that are supported by iOS 12:
|iPhone Xs Max||2018|
|iPhone 8 Plus||2017|
|iPhone 7 Plus||2016|
|iPhone 6S Plus||2015|
|iPhone 6 Plus||2014|
One surprise here, is the inclusion of the iPhone 5S. However, any iPhones that have not yet completed an iOS 11 update, such as the iPhone 5, 5C, as well as the iPhone 4S and earlier are not included.
Performance for older iPhones: 1)The iPhone 5s was tested with showing an average of about 17 percent faster on iOS 12., and 2) The iPhone 6 Plus showing an average of about 14 percent faster. Similar performance improvements were observed on the iPad Mini 2 as well.
iPads devices that are supported by iOS 12:
|iPad Pro 10.5||2017|
|iPad Pro 12.9||2017|
|iPad Pro 9.7||2016|
|iPad Pro 12.9||2015|
|iPad Mini 4||2015|
|iPad Mini 3||2014|
|iPad Air 2||2014|
|iPad Mini 2||2013|
If you own an iPad Pro, then you have an option to update to iOS 12, along with both models of the iPad Air. It is more complicated for other “older models”, you can check your current version of iOS under Settings. If it lists any version numbers other than iOS 11, then you are NOT getting iOS 12 on that device.
Why my device does not support iOS 12?
Apple is certainly better than most other manufacturers in this regard, and will commonly support a device for a long period of time. This is demonstrated by the iPhone 5S — an almost 5-year-old device -s ince it is supported by iOS12. The devices not supported by iOS 12 are the 32-bit devices. Such old hardware just is not capable of handling the demands of the new OS version.
One last possibility: Apple Watch : Support for electrocardiograms
The Apple Watch Series 4 includes a pioneering feature in the field of home wearable, and that is to make electrocardiograms. This function, like the eSIM, is not yet active, but it is very likely that it will be released in the coming iOS 12.1.
It seems that Apple have been attempting for several years to achieve this function in the Apple Watch, however, it was not until last year when they have achieved the required elements to do so. Many will remember the presentation of the Apple Heart Study last year, created in collaboration with Stanford Medicine to improve the detection of atrial fibrillation, one of the most common heart rhythm disorders, which increases the chances of suffering heart attacks, strokes, among others serious diseases.
The Apple Heart Study shows it is 98% effective to detect atrial fibrillation, which has earned Apple a Certification from the FDA in the US. Apple has already indicated that it is working on achieving certification in other countries, but it is very likely that it will take some time.
For now, one of Apple’s priorities, it seems, is to integrate a non-invasive glucose meter into the watch, making life easier for the millions of people around the world who suffer from diabetes.