Apple released the fifth developer and public betas today for iOS 12.1. Those with an iOS powered device that is already registered will receive the update via an OTA update. To join the developer beta program, go to developer.apple.com/programs/. To join the public beta program, head to beta.apple.com. Some of the key features of iOS 12.1 include one that allows iPhone users to control the intensity of a blurred background in real time while taking a photo using Portrait Mode. Currently, this Depth Control is available only after a portrait has been snapped and processed.
Group FaceTime, with support for group video chats containing as many as 32 participants, is back in iOS 12.1 after being removed from iOS 12. The new build also allows FaceTime video chat participants to superimpose their Memojis over their faces. 70 new emoji are being added in iOS 12.1, as is support for using Face ID in landscape mode. This will be used on the new iPad Pro tablets expected to be unveiled on October 30th
The stable and final version of iOS 12.1 will also include a fix for a charging issue that has affected the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
. Some users complained that they are unable to charge their iPhones when the display is off. While some previously released public betas released by Apple for iOS 12.1 include a fix, these beta builds are not stable and could contain some annoying bugs. Thus, you might want to try the following workarounds to fix the charging issue until the final version of iOS 12.1 is released:
- Turn the display on while charging.
- Use wireless charging.
- Plug the lightning cable out and back in.
Some users have been able to use one or more of these workarounds to charge up their iPhone without installing one of the previously disseminated iOS 12.1 beta releases.
We could see the final version of iOS 12.1 disseminated on October 26th to coincide with the launch of the Apple iPhone XR