Fresh off of the heels of its new iPhone headsets, Apple is introducing a beta version of iOS 12.1.1 into the wild for developers to examine.
For those who haven’t kept up with the Cupertino company, 2018 has been a wild ride. From introducing a slew of new products to telling stock analysts it would no longer provide unit sales for its smartphone unit, Apple has introduced a lot of changes.
Chief among them was the introduction of the new top-of-the-line iPhone XS and the iPhone XR, a budget-oriented model. Both display Apple’s penchant for design as well as functionality.
Of course, to accompany these new headsets Apple is also updating its ever-growing OS for smartphones.
The beta of iOS 12.1.1 is going to be a pretty big update for Apple’s devices and devs are looking forward to the extended functionality it brings.
The beta is currently available through Apple’s Developer Center to registered developers and should also be available to the general public as well.
One of the biggest updates coming to iOS 12.1.1 has to do with the iPhone’s popular FaceTime feature.
Apple will be bringing back the ability to take a photo during the middle of a FaceTime stream. In addition, they are bringing a few more tweaks to make it a more streamlined experience.
These innovations include a more dynamic menu bar at the bottom of a FaceTime call as well as functionalities on the side of the display. Previously users had to use a hidden, second menu to do a lot of things during a FaceTime call so it is believed the addition of actual menus will help make the user experience less opaque.
Specific to the iPhone XR, iOS 12.1.1 will bring haptic touch notification interaction features. Haptic touch functions simulate the feeling of surface resistance and are used normally in the place of a physical button or dial. Currently iPhone XR users interact with notification information through an extended touch tap.
Other minor changes include some tweaks coming to the Apple News app when being used on an iPad. When viewed in landscape mode, Apple News has the option to hide the sidebar from the user’s view in iOS 12.1.1. The new update also introduces an option to turn off the physical SIM card in the phone to rely upon the eSIM instead. Also the icon for the Apple Watch app is changed to match that of the current Apple Watch Series 4.
Of course, there will probably be a few more things added here and there. The update is in beta after all. Usually companies release betas like this so that developers can prepare their current apps and devices to handle the changes coming up. We expect that there will be a lot more information coming out about iOS 12.1.1 as we get closer to its actual release date on the App Store.
Fresh off of the heels of its new iPhone headsets, Apple is introducing a beta version of iOS 12.1.1 into the wild for developers to examine. For those who haven’t kept up with the...