Some of the features that Apple announced earlier this year that would be making its way onto iOS devices was group FaceTime and also dual SIM support for its new iPhones. However neither of these features were launched with the release of iOS 12 and also with the release of the new iPhones.
The good news is that you might not have to wait much longer because it looks like Apple has confirmed that both group FaceTime and dual SIM support will be arriving with iOS 12.1. This is according to the “iPhone User Guide for iOS 12.1” which mentions that these new features are going to be part of iOS 12.1.
It should be noted that group FaceTime won’t be supported on all devices, and that only the iPhone 7 and newer will support it, while the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus will support it in audio form only. This is the same for iPads where the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air will not support group FaceTime calls.
Last month it was reported that dual SIM would be arriving in iOS 12.1 but it’s nice to get an official confirmation of sorts. Dual SIM functionality for the iPhone is software enabled as the phone itself features an e-SIM and also a physical SIM, meaning it’s not as simple as inserting two separate SIM cards (only the China version supports dual physical SIMs).
Unfortunately there is no word on when iOS 12.1 will be released but given the numerous betas that have been made available to developers so far, we imagine that its release probably isn’t too far off.