Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1 update With Expanded eSIM Support, flip the FaceTime camera and more

Apple has released the iOS 12.1.1 update for iPhone users, this is the third update of iOS 12. The latest software update includes improvements to FaceTime, initial eSIM support, and new emoji, Haptic Touch on iPhone XR, and more.

The iPhone and iPad, and installing it will make it easier for those using FaceTime to switch from the back camera to the front camera. Before the update today, users would have to open a hidden menu (blocking out the screen), tap on the camera switch icon, and close the menu. Consider that on iOS 11, flipping the camera on FaceTime required a single tap. Taking a Live Photo on a FaceTime call requires the person you’re video chatting with to have the “FaceTime Live Photos” setting toggled on, which can be accessed by going to Settings > FaceTime > FaceTime Live Photos. If this setting is disabled, people you chat with won’t be able to take a Live Photo during the call.

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According to the changelog, the update adds more carrier support for the eSIM inside the 2018 iPhone, bringing dual SIM capabilities to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. In addition, the update allows users to capture a Live Photo during a one-to-one FaceTime video chat and adds the ability to receive notification previews with haptic touch on the iPhone XR. The latter, of course, does not have 3D Touch. And lastly, while using the Apple News app on an iPad, users will have the option to remove the sidebar.

To check to see if iOS 12.1.1 is waiting for you, on your iOS device go to Settings > General > Software update.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • iOS 12.1.1 adds features and fixes bugs for your iPhone and iPad. Features and improvements include:
  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
  • Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
  • Stability improvements for dictation and VoiceOver
  • Bug fixes include:
  • Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
  • Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
  • Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically
  • This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:
  • Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls



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