Apple releases macOS Mojave 10.14.2, tvOS 12.1.1, plus iOS 12.1.1 with FaceTime changes, e...

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in iOS edited December 5
Apple on Wednesday released macOS Mojave, tvOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.1 to the public, with the latter update bringing changes to FaceTime calls, additional eSIM support for the 2018 iPhones, and an extension of Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR, among other changes.

Group FaceTime on iOS 12.1


Arriving after three developer betas, the update to iOS 12.1.1 is available to download over-the-air via the iOS Settings app, under General then Software Update, with it also able to be installed for the user if the Automatic Updates feature is enabled. Alternately, the update can be installed via iTunes when the iOS device is connected to a Mac or Windows PC.

As the release version suggests, the update is more focused on improving the operating system rather than adding new features.

In the developer betas, FaceTime was seen to have the most changes, including the option to take a Live Photo during calls, and an updated bottom bar with buttons for muting and switching the camera, among other options. According to the release notes, FaceTime also gains the ability to switch between rear and front-facing cameras during a call with a single tap.

Real-time text (RTT) has been enabled for the iPad and iPod touch when Wi-Fi calling is active. Another call change relates to Dual SIM with eSIM, with more carriers now supporting the function built into the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

The iPhone XR's 3D Touch replacement "Haptic Touch" gains a new function in the latest release, with it now able to be used for notification previews.

Other changes include the ability to hide the sidebar in News on iPad when in a landscape orientation, and stability improvements for dictation in VoiceOver.

Apple's tvOS release focuses on bug fixes and usability enhancements. There were no new features added during the beta process. The tvOS update can be performed through the device's Settings menu.

The release of macOS Mojave is similarly short on feature additions. Apple's release notes cite security enhancements and bug fixes.

WatchOS 5.1.2 remains in beta. It is expected to have the ECG feature enabled for the first time since the release of the Series 4 Apple Watch.

AppleInsider is examining the releases for other notable inclusions.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 14
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 129member
    Would be nice to see FaceTime added to the Apple TV.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 2 of 14
    cmd-zcmd-z Posts: 32member
    davgreg said:
    Would be nice to see FaceTime added to the Apple TV.
    Yeah, ATV has no camera.
    You can, however, screen mirror a FaceTime session to ATV using your iPhone or iPad.
    edited December 5 cornchipflashfan207netmage
  • Reply 3 of 14
    tapetape Posts: 22member
    The only thing I care about: does iOS 12.1.1 fix this stupid "number changed to primary" SMS bug or not?
    edited December 5
  • Reply 4 of 14
    The only thing I care about: iOS 12.1.1 fixes the awkward front and back camera switching in FaceTime!! Yessssss!! :#
    Still don’t understand why they came up with that and how that passed through..
    edited December 5 cornchipZackAfrincelostkiwinetmageSpamSandwich
  • Reply 5 of 14
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,520member
    Dan!el said:
    The only thing I care about: iOS 12.1.1 fixes the awkward front and back camera switching in FaceTime!! Yessssss!! :#
    Still don’t understand why they came up with that and how that passed through..
    My whole family was complaining about that.
    cornchipZackAfrincelostkiwi
  • Reply 6 of 14
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 778member
    Dan!el said:
    The only thing I care about: iOS 12.1.1 fixes the awkward front and back camera switching in FaceTime!! Yessssss!! :#
    Still don’t understand why they came up with that and how that passed through..
    Sweet! It was stupid to bury the one feature/button you use most often under a menu you have to open to access.

    Has anyone else had problems with Mojave crashing? My MBP routinely has to reboot when I wake it from sleeep and my iMac seems to be crashing and rebooting on a regular basis as well. Never had that problem with past versions of OS X
  • Reply 7 of 14
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,131member
    And the iPad share window freezing bug?
  • Reply 8 of 14
    sergiozsergioz Posts: 216member
    MplsP said:
    Dan!el said:
    The only thing I care about: iOS 12.1.1 fixes the awkward front and back camera switching in FaceTime!! Yessssss!! :#
    Still don’t understand why they came up with that and how that passed through..
    Sweet! It was stupid to bury the one feature/button you use most often under a menu you have to open to access.

    Has anyone else had problems with Mojave crashing? My MBP routinely has to reboot when I wake it from sleeep and my iMac seems to be crashing and rebooting on a regular basis as well. Never had that problem with past versions of OS X
    MplsP the problem most likely is your third party aps and not Mojave OS!
  • Reply 9 of 14
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,374member
    ESIM: I would love to know if it is useful in circumstances where work puts a management profile on your phone. If I bought an eSIM account, would that part of the phone not be restricted by the profile? So I could use iCloud, Apple Music etc without using the SIM?
  • Reply 10 of 14
    JanNLJanNL Posts: 248member
    Also released is HomePod software version 12.1.1
    sphericchia
  • Reply 11 of 14
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,793member
    davgreg said:
    Would be nice to see FaceTime added to the Apple TV.
    My Apple TV is in a media closet on the other side of the wall from where my TV is mounted. It's hot and kind of cramped in there, lots of cables, the lighting is rather harsh, and I would not be able to see the TV through the opaque wall without drilling a hole and installing mirrors. Adding a camera to a user-facing device, like the TV itself or the Apple TV remote, rather than a media content streaming device like an Apple TV, would make a lot more sense to me. But what do I know?

    Does your Amazon Fire Stick or Roku support video conferencing, Skype, or anything similar?
    williamlondonnetmage
  • Reply 12 of 14
    ...not to mention the HomePod update 12.1.1 as well. 
  • Reply 13 of 14
    netmagenetmage Posts: 236member
    entropys said:
    ESIM: I would love to know if it is useful in circumstances where work puts a management profile on your phone. If I bought an eSIM account, would that part of the phone not be restricted by the profile? So I could use iCloud, Apple Music etc without using the SIM?
    Management is over the OS, changing SIMs doesn’t change any type of profile on the phone, so I am guessing no.
    Perhaps suggest your work shouldn’t make you carry two phones?
  • Reply 14 of 14
    Google Assistant started suggesting that you set up a Siri shortcut for "OK Google" which I'd done. As of 12.1.1, Siri now gives you a cheeky response. It's still possible to use a shortcut, you just have to use a different trigger. How petty. 
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