Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Public Beta Testers With FaceTime Improvements

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 12.1.1 update to its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the same beta to developers and two days after the release of the iOS 12.1 update.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 12.1.1 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.

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Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

The iOS 12.1.1 update introduces some significant improvements to the FaceTime interface, and it re-adds the feature that's designed to let you take a Live Photo while on a FaceTime call.

In iOS 12.1.1, FaceTime features a reworked bottom bar that includes quick access buttons for muting a call and flipping the camera. Sliding up on the bottom bar brings up additional options with conversation participants.

Previously, FaceTime users were required to tap on three dots to access a secondary menu with these features.

The update also includes a new option in the Apple News app that lets you hide the side bar if desired.

Top Rated Comments

tvguru Avatar
31 months ago
Glad they’re making it easy to flip the camera in FaceTime again. That was a huge pain with kids bouncing back and forth.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WannaGoMac Avatar
31 months ago
Holy cow! Apple REDUCED the number of steps to do something?? They've been really good at hiding things away and then requiring multiple steps to do stuff that used to be front and center the last few years.
Insane they moved it into a menu at all!? One of the most useful features is flipping the camera, and they moved it because why??? Whomever did that should be fired, they clearly have no idea about useful interface design
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
urbanslaughter1997 Avatar
31 months ago
I can't believe they fixed the camera flip in FaceTime! I'm so glad. We ALL hated the way it was implemented in iOS12. I never imagined they'd fix it that fast. That's great news.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NMBob Avatar
31 months ago
Holy cow! Apple REDUCED the number of steps to do something?? They've been really good at hiding things away and then requiring multiple steps to do stuff that used to be front and center the last few years.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AMTYVLE Avatar
31 months ago
Please with these people's faces already. I can't.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Guda.FL Avatar
31 months ago
I have to say Group FaceTime....did not have the beta. It's got a few bugs that were finding as im using it quite a bit more. Interface feels little sloppy un apple final product like...or just me.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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