iOS 12.1 on iPhone 8

Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Testers

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 12.1.1 to those registered in the Apple Beta Program.  The update, which is primarily aimed at bug fixes and other performance improvements, comes just a day after iOS 12.1 was released.  That build brought Group FaceTime and new emojis to the iPhone and iPad.

As for what bugs this build is fixing, it is likely aimed at any that made their way into iOS 12.1.  Apple, like other developers, generally release builds with some bugs in them but freeze a build internally so it can go to release for all customers.  This, in turn, addresses any bugs in the release so very much consider it a maintenance update.

That said, there is one notable change in this new beta.  In FaceTime, the flip camera button is back on the main FaceTime display rather than being buried in the overflow (three button menu).

There is no word yet on when we can expect iOS 12.1.1 to be released to the general public but given the cadence at which Apple is pushing out major and minor updates, it likely won’t be long.  If this build has a 4-6 beta build cycle as most iOS builds do, you can expect to see this sometime between late November and mid-December.

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