You can now download iOS 12.1 final IPSW direct links or over-the-air (OTA) software update right immediately. After a period of internal and external testing, Apple has officially deemed iOS 12.1 ready for public consumption, and, as such, has finally flicked the release switch.
Here are the iOS 12.1 release notes, changelog, security content details that you need to know about as an iPhone or iPad user:
The rollout of iOS 12.1 is actually a decent one that most iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are going to want to take advantage of. First to talk about the mysterious Group FaceTime functionality which has made a reappearance with support for up to 32 individuals taking part in a single video call (conference calling).
This Group FaceTime calling is also supported on macOS 10.14.1 and watchOS 5.1 so that users can instantly start interacting with it across multiple platforms, thanks to Apple for adding this functionality. But what is the flaw?
You will need to make sure you have a compatible device to take advantage of this Group FaceTime feature as it won’t run on all devices. You can check out the compatibility of Group FaceTime feature in Apple’s new iOS 12.1 user guide.
Apart from Group FaceTime, iOS 12.1 also brings support for more than 70 new emoji characters that can be instantly used in messages, emails, and even social media compositions. Emoji characters are always going to play an important role and to be a popular addition to any Apple platform.
Next, the Camera app has also had a slight amendment; Depth Control can now be adjusted in real-time before the photograph is to be taken. This will work alongside the ability to adjust the bokeh on a photograph once it has been captured as well.
Now that Apple has also introduced support for its own dual-SIM eSIM functionality for iPhone XS and iPhone XS MAX which actually allow the user to have two active telephone numbers on the device. Carriers will need to roll out support for this, but at least it is now part of iOS 12.1.
The latest publicly available iOS 12.1 firmware is ready to proceed and get it on your compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can grab it right now. For that, you have to head over to Settings > General > Software Update, the iOS 12.1 update should appear there on your device. Just allow you to go through the process of an over-the-air OTA update.
Alternatively, you can also download the iOS 12.1 IPSW files from the links below. Make sure you get the right one for your particular device.
iOS 12.1 Download Final IPSW Links
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone10,4 (iPhone 8)
- iPhone10,5 (iPhone 8 Plus)
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s, iPhone 6
- iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE, iPhone 5s GSM, iPhone 5s CDMA
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
- iPad Pro (11-inch – 2018)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (1st generation | 2nd generation | 3rd generation)
- iPad 5 (9.7-inch – 2017)
- iPad 6 (9.7-inch – 2018)
- iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3
- iPad Pro (9.7‑inch)
- iPad Air 1, iPad mini 2
- iPod touch (6th generation)
From a security perspective, users can also expect the following from iOS 12.1:
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