Apple iOS 12.1.1 update with expanded eSIM support, redesigned FaceTime with live photos and more released

Apple has rolled out iOS 12.1.1 update, it is the third update to the iOS 12 operating system since its September launch. However, it is a minor update comparatively. It brings the ability to capture a photo during FaceTime call and save the moment. It requires the person you’re video chatting with to have the “FaceTime Live Photos” setting toggled on.

FaceTime also includes a reworked bottom bar with new buttons for muting a call and flipping the camera. Sliding up on the bottom bar brings up additional options with conversation participants. The 12.1.1 expands eSIM support on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR to additional carriers across Europe, including Swisscom in Switzerland, Orange in Spain, and Three in Sweden and Denmark.

AT&T in the US, Rogers, and Fido in Canada, and Many Other Carriers Rolling Out eSIM Support on Latest iPhones. The eSIM support is rolling out to 1010, CSL, China Mobile, and SmarTone in Hong Kong; M1 in Singapore; APT in Taiwan, and AIS, dtac, and True Move in Thailand. Airtel and Jio in India have already rolled out eSIM support.

On the iPhone XR, the iOS 12.1.1 update introduces support for Haptic Touch with notifications. Haptic Touch can now be used to expand notifications on the Lock screen through a long press to see additional content. The iOS 12.1.1 update introduces support for the ECG which is a Watch Series 4 feature that will be included in the watchOS 5.1.2 update.

The iOS 12.1.1 also adds a new option to hide the sidebar in the Apple News app on the iPad when using it in the landscape mode. It introduced an option to turn off the physical SIM in the device in favor of the eSIM and changed the Apple Watch icon to look similar to the new Watch Series 4. The update is already rolled out and you can check for update from settings> general> software update.

iOS 12.1.1 release notes:

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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