First iOS 12.1 public beta offers Group FaceTime

Alonzo Simpson
September 21, 2018

As reported by developer Guilherme Rambo, now of 9to5Mac, the iOS 12.1 developer beta 1 comes with an "iPad2018Fall" identifier. Here's how you can sign up right away.

In its own investigation into iOS 12.1, Apple-tracking site 9to5Mac found a new daemon in iOS called "avatarsd".

In case you are wondering, the new updates don't quite bring anything major to the table.

According to the latest data compiled by analytics firm Mixpanel, iOS 12 is installed on 12.27 percent of Apple devices. iOS 11's share, as a result, has fallen from 89.96 percent on Monday to 79.86 percent on Thursday. It was initially present in the first few beta releases of iOS 12 but Apple pulled it down the line for some unknown reasons. With iOS 12, Apple has placed its focus on under-the-hood stability and performance improvements.

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Further, developer Steve Troughton-Smith noted on Twitter that iOS 12.1 appears to include support for Face ID in landscape orientation.

Because of the frequency and prevalence of significant bugs in the early releases of iOS 11, iPhone and iPad users may be wary of rushing out to download a new software update. But this can't be tested on anything but the new iPhone XS models, which aren't available yet.

Now we're looking forward to a potential October event, and it's looking increasingly likely that we will see new iPads with Face ID, too. Both tablets are rumoured to ditch Touch ID and the home button in favor of FaceID. However, landscape support in Face ID will not be making its way to existing iPhones, including the iPhone XS.

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