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7 new features Apple has rolled out to iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and HomePods

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Apple has released its latest iOS 12.1.1 update across its products in all ranges. The iOS 12.1.1 update has reached iPhones, iPads and iPod touch, and macOS Mojave 10.14.2 and HomePod 12.1.1 has come to Mac models and HomePods respectively. Here are a few new features that you should know about:

Expanded dual e-SIM support

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The most important change that comes with iOS 12.1.1 update is specifically meant for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. At the time when this year’s lineup was launched, the dual SIM support on the iPhones could only for a select few carriers. But with the update, it has been extended to additional carriers as well. We’ll update you about the new carriers supported in India as soon as there is an official word on it. With dual e-SIM, iPhone users can use two SIM cards, but the second one has to be a virtual SIM.

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Improved Facetime

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Another important change that the update has got is for Facetime. It has added a one-tap shortcut to flip cameras and the ability to capture Live Photos while being on a Facetime call.

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A change specifically for iPhone XR


If you use an iPhone XR, you should know that the smartphone now has support for previewing notifications using haptic touch. This feature was already present on the iPhone XS and XS Max.

A change in the News App

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This update is specifically for iPod Touch and iPad. The news app on the two devices now has the option to hide the sidebar when it is in landscape mode.

Other changes of iOS 12.1.1

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The latest update has added the support for real-time text during Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod Touch. Bug fixes for Face ID, Messages, visual voicemail, voice memos, clock, and HomePod are also present in the update. For those unaware, real-time text messages are transmitted from the sender to the recipient as they are being written.

How to download iOS 12.1.1

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The alert for iOS 12.1.1 update should come to your device automatically. However, if it doesn’t, then you can head to Settings of your device, and then select ‘Software update’ under ‘General’. You can download the update from there.

A tip before you download the iOS 12.1.1 update

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Before you install the iOS 12.1.1 update, you need to ensure that at least 50% of the battery of your Apple device is charged. Also ensure that you install the update while being connected to the Wi-Fi.

macOS Mojave 10.14.2

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Apple’s Mac models that were released in 2012 or later have got the macOS Mojave 10.14.2 update. It brings the RTT support to the Mac models and adds the menu item to News which lets the user open the story in Safari browser. The issue that was preventing iTunes from playing media on third-party speakers has also been fixed with the latest update.

HomePod 12.1.1 update


Firstly, the update gets support for HomePod smart speaker in China and Hong Kong. The update also makes the HomePod’s LEDs light up when it is being used for Group FaceTime calls.

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