Apple releases the iOS 12.1 developer beta, which includes Group FaceTime

Apple releases the iOS 12.1 developer beta, which includes Group FaceTime
Wasn't it just yesterday that Apple released iOS 12? It sure was, and today the company has started offering the iOS 12.1 developer beta, and the watchOS 5.1 developer beta. The iOS 12.1 developer beta includes Group FaceTime, a feature that allows iOS users to video chat with up to 32 people at the same time. Apple announced last month that Group FaceTime was being delayed until the Fall.

Speaking about new iOS 12 features arriving later this year via a software update, there is speculation that the new developer beta might include a batch of fresh emoji that is expected to arrive via a future iOS 12 update. The build number for the update is 16B5059d and it weighs in at 2.77GB.

Keep in mind that the idea behind the developer beta is for developers to see whether their apps run properly with the changes made to the last stable version of iOS (which is iOS 12 in this case). The iOS 12.1 developer beta is not meant for consumers and even if you're dying to use Group FaceTime, you might want to wait for the official OTA version of iOS 12.1 to hit your iPhone.

Meanwhile, the day after watchOS 5 was released, Apple has made the watchOS 5.1 developer beta available. The latter's build number is 16R5559d.

source: Apple

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9 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yayyyy....now I can chat with 32 friends at a time!! Oh wait! How many friends do I have again??

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It’s okay, I’ll be your friend :). We all need more friends anyway... or at least better ones. (Wholesome gesturing)

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Haha! True that. And I love this :)

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You might have 32 colleagues at the workplace. It's not like there was no solution to the problem, but it's nice to have one built in.

9. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

IMHO 32 friends/groups (perfect for conference calls) with iOS 12+ devices

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why would I ever wanna do that...genius genius genius. Screw you Samsung for putting those stupid commercials in my head /S

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They’re always in your head... Techie.

7. midan

Posts: 2716; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Hey techie, we are still waiting to your answer to your QLED comment LOL :D https://www.phonearena.com/news/lg-apple-iphone-oled-secondary-supplier-samsung-monopoly-thwarted_id108862 "QLED TVs are OLED tvs. Lol. And Samsung has the best OLED tech period." "Yes they do. I have a Samsung OLED TV. It was marketed as QLED. You need to go read the facts of what is real and what is marketing."

8. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Yeah Ikr, why would I ever want to navigate my phone with a stylus? Oh wait...

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