Apple offers free iOS 12.1 iPhone User Guide with directions on how to use new features

Apple offers free iOS 12.1 iPhone User Guide with directions on how to use new features
In the Apple App Store, iOS users can download and read for free Apple's iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.1. The guide shows how to use many of the new features expected to be offered with the next build of iOS. For example, the listing for Group FaceTime mentions how users can have a video chat with up to 32 participants, including themselves. Directions on how to the feature are included. Group FaceTime was supposed to appear on iOS 12, but Apple pulled it when it felt that more work was needed. It has appeared on beta versions of iOS 12.1. Older models like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will support Group FaceTime audio calls only.

Another interesting addition coming in iOS 12.1 to the camera allows users to adjust in real-time, the depth in pictures taken in portrait mode with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The User Guide also tells you all about the improvements being made to Apple Music in iOS 12.1, including new artist pages, the ability to find out what songs your friends are listening to on the app, a list of the top 100 songs in the world, and a way to search for song titles by typing in the lyrics.

The App Store listing reveals that the User Guide weighs in at a rather hefty 400 pages. But it does provide easy to understand directions on how to implement some of the new capabilities you'll have available on your iPhone once iOS 12.1 is released. And that is expected to take place next week, possibly after Apple's new product event next Tuesday. We should see a new Apple iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil 2 and more introduced at the event.



1. nikhil23

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 07, 2016


13. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

"new features" Couldn't even bring Smart HDR to older iPhones

2. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Apple offers “Free” user guide. Hope this silences all the haters that keep cribbing that Apple does not give anything free.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

IKR, Google should copy this kind of stuff, so I didn't have to buy $4.99 Pie's User Guide /s

8. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

You have to be kidding me. All my friends who have been using Android from the beginning have awlays purchased user manuals. Dont know the price. Greedy google has always been minting money with stuff like this. Apple is lame giving this for free.

4. Avieshek unregistered

"Free" - That goggled nerd is still a psychotic Apple Worsheeper, isn't it?

5. whatev

Posts: 2411; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The author used the word “free” to drive clicks from trolls, so clever, I love how phonearena authors use android trolls at their ease

6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Helps them make money.

9. rabramson2443 unregistered

You guys have too much time on your hands. Next time you visit McDonald's, fill out an application for employment.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looking forward to using it. Hope it increases stability more.

11. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

400 page for learning a mobile system , I guess it's pretty easy as they say , ROFL .

12. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

iOS is getting more and more useful features. Good job apple.

14. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Normally, I'm all for new iOS features in incremental updates. This release...not so much. The portrait mode feature isn't that useful considering that Apple still doesn't have its own version of Google Lens. There's nothing wrong with Google Lens, but in my opinion Apple's being lazy. Also, I'd imagine that FaceTiming with 31 other people wouldn't be the smoothest experience...

15. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

An user guide required. Lol. Is it because usability issues or dumb-trump users?

18. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Good one bruh...

16. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Oh look, a 'free' user guide! Now I know how to use my iPhone properly

17. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

After 12.0.1 update i am unable to charge my phone thro USB port of my workstation which is having restricted access. Many of my colleagues are also facing the same issue. Can PA publish an article and bring attention to apple?

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