Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1: Details About The New Features You Should Know About

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Today Apple released the iOS 12.1.1 update for the iPhone and iPad with several new features and bug fixes. Apple had rolled out three betas for developers before releasing it to the public today.

What Is Included In The iOS 12.1.1 Update?

As iOS 12.1.1 is a minor point update, it contains several new subtle features and bug fixes. Here is a breakdown of what is included in the update:

For the iPhone XR, notification preview using Haptic Touch is now supported. Apple integrated Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR instead of 3D Touch. The iPhone XS and XS Max both have 3D Touch so notification preview already worked on those devices.

On the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, dual SIM with eSIM is now supported by additional carriers. Since the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have Dual SIM with a nano-SIM and eSIM, it allows users to activate a cellular plan from their carriers without having to use a physical nano-SIM. This feature is often used by people who prefer to use one number for their personal calls and another number for business calls using the same device. Your iPhone must be unlocked for this feature to work otherwise both of the plans have to be from the same carrier.

iOS 12.1.1 includes one tap to flip between the rear- and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call. Essentially the switch camera button was relocated. You will notice this feature in the bottom bar. 

Plus Live Photo capture support has been added during one-to-one FaceTime calls. So you can still take animated photos during video calls. This feature was originally removed in iOS 12 due to the addition of Group FaceTime. However, Apple brought the feature back due to popular demand. This feature does not work for Group FaceTime calls though.


On the iPad, you can also now hide the sidebar while viewing the News app in landscape orientation. Apple fixed dictation bugs in VoiceOver and real-time text (RTT) has been added when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch. Apple also rolled out tvOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.4.2 and HomePod 12.1.1 today as well.

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Here are the release notes for iOS 12.1.1:

iOS 12.1.1 adds features and fixes bugs for your iPhone and iPad. Features and improvements include:

– Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
– Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
– One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
– Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
– The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
– Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
– Stability improvements for dictation along with VoiceOver

Bug fixes include:

– Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
– Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
– Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
– Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
– Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically

This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:

– Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
– HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls

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Previous iOS 12 Updates

iOS 12.1 (Second Release)On November 6th, Apple launched the second version of iOS 12.1 specifically for the iPhone XR. It is unknown what was fixed on the iPhone XR for Apple to launch a special version of this software update.

iOS 12.1 – iOS 12.1 arrived on October 30th in conjunction with Apple’s Special Event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where the company announced a 13.3-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display and Touch ID, a new Mac mini and new iPad Pros. iOS 12.1 included the Group FaceTime feature along with over 70 new emoji, depth control in the Camera app and dual SIM support.

iOS 12.0.1On October 8th, iOS 12.0.1 was rolled out with several bug fixes. This update fixed an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not charge immediately after being connected to a Lightning cable. iOS 12.0.1 also resolved a problem that was preventing iPhone XS devices from rejoining a 5GHz Wi-Fi network. And this update also restored the original position of the “.?123” key on the iPad keyboard. Plus it also fixed problems where subtitles were not appearing in some video apps and caused Bluetooth to become unavailable.

iOS 12The major iOS 12 update shipped on September 17th, which is shortly after the new flagship iPhones were announced on September 15th. iOS 12 included major performance updates, photos suggestions in the Messages app, the new Screen Time feature that shows how much time is spending using your devices, notification grouping, Do Not Disturb enhancements, ARKit 2, the new Shortcuts and Measure apps and a redesign of four of Apple’s apps (Books, Stocks, News and Voice Memos). Plus Apple implemented some privacy and security components such as tracking prevention, password reuse auditing, automatic strong passwords, security code AutoFill along with password sharing.