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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 12.1 to Testers

Apple has released another beta for the upcoming iOS 12.1 for iPhone and iPad.  The new beta, the fifth for this update, was released to both developers as well as public beta testers yesterday.  It comes one week after the forth beta was released.

The update, which does not have any official release notes, likely contains a number of bug fixes and other patches as the Cupertino company prepares the release for public consumption.  The date of when we can expect iOS 12.1 to be released officially also remains a mystery.

As for what we can expect in iOS 12.1, there are a couple of key and noteworthy features that are in tow.  Group FaceTime allows you to have a video or voice call with up to 32 participants without any additional software on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.  Second, some 70 new emoji are going to be coming with iOS 12.1.

For the iPhone XS series, Beta 4 of iOS 12.1 introduced support for dual SIMs.  While the feature still has to be supported by your carrier, you can now enable the eSIM that is build into the XS or XS Max.  That has not changed in Beta 5.

Considering that Apple has an event coming on October 30, it is likely we will see iOS 12.1 officially released at that event or shortly thereafter.  At that event, Apple is expected to announced a new lineup of iPads which would coincide with the release of this new version of iOS.

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