Apple has been working on getting iOS 12.1 ready for prime time via a beta process that is still ongoing, and while it may not quite be ready to go live just yet, the company has already released an updated user guide for the OS.
FaceTime will now include the automatic detection of active speakers, displaying also the most prominent speakers on the call as priority. The size of the person's image then changes depending on how active they are being on the call.
The new iOS software brings a range of new features to the iPhone and iPad, this includes the new eSIM feature which means that the SIM card is built into the handset and the same one can be used by multiple carriers.
Apple Watch owners can also install watchOS 5.1 today, which brings Group FaceTime audio calls, new emoji, and a new full-screen "Color" watch face. The Memoji allows you to design your own animated emoji, which can also be controlled by your facial expressions thanks to the combination of iPhones' extra sensors and updated software.
Apple has confirmed a slew of features for its next software update, including a depth control feature through its camera app, and dual SIM support for its new iPhone range. Participants who are not active will appear at the bottom of the screen until they speak. "A simple tap also brings a participant front and centre", Apple added. Among them are Group FaceTime, which supports up to a 32-way group video chat on models ranging from the Apple iPhone 6s to the new 2018 iPhones. Users looking to take advantage of the bokeh effect on supported iPhones will be able to adjust the depth of field in real-time, straight from their device. Dual SIM support has been a standard feature on Android smartphones for years, but Apple has shown resistance towards it.
Finally iOS 12.1 adds depth control for portrait mode shots while in the camera viewfinder (not only in the Photos app). But that's not the only feature users should be excited about.