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Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Developer and Public Testers

A week after the second beta, Apple has seeded the third beta of iOS 12.1.1 to both developer and public beta testers.  The update, which is best considered a maintenance update, brings a handful of tweaks to Apple’s mobile platform.

If you are already registered in the Apple Beta Program, the iOS 12.1.1 update should be waiting for your to install.  If you want to join the program, you can follow this link to the program’s site.  Remember, it is never considered a good idea to install beta software onto your primary iPhone as you could encounter show-stopping bugs.

In iOS 12.1.1, there are a number of tweaks coming in this update as well as the normal smattering of bug fixes.  Notably, FaceTime has a reworked bottom bar that brings back the ability too easily flip the camera on a call as well as muting a call.  Flipping of the camera from the front to rear cameras had been buried in the overflow menu in the first iOS 12.0 build.

If you have an iPhone XR, this update will allow for Haptic Touch.  This feature allows you to expand notifications on the Lock Screen of your iPhone.  This function allows you tot long press a notification banner and see additional content.  It is similar to that of 3D Touch on other iPhone models.

Other noted tweaks include:

  • Apple News will hide the side bar when using it on an iPad in landscape mode
  • Ability to turn off the physical SIM to go with the eSIM built into the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

There is no official word on when we can expect to see iOS 12.1.1 but it shouldn’t be long.  Given it is a maintenance release and likely halfway or three-quarters of the way through its anticipated beta cycle, we should see it land on iPhones and iPads before the end of the year.

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