Apple’s first update to iOS 12 is now available to download. The iOS 12.1 update comes with the much anticipated fix for the front camera bug that was overly smoothing skin on the iPhone XS and XR, as well as new emo,ji. (,The bagel emoji!)
Apple told The Verge earlier this month that the beauty bug was caused by a flaw in its smart HDR camera system that chose the wrong base frame for HDR processing whenever someone took a selfie.
iOS 12.1 also adds dual-SIM support for the iPhone XS and XR, and Group FaceTime support for video chat with up to 32 people simultaneously. The iOS 12.1 update also comes with 70 new emoji, including options for bald people, curly-haired people, and those with mustaches, as well as red and grey-haired emoji. You can download and install iOS 12.1 on supported iPhones and iPads right now.
Key features: Group FaceTime, new emoji, and ‘beautygate’ fix
Apple new Shortcuts updates with actions for weather, alarms, and timers
Apple just updated its Shortcuts app, adding a weather integration, new measurement conversions, and better iCloud sharing, among other features. Now, Shortcuts lets you check upcoming weather forecasts with the “Get Current Weather” and “Get Weather Forecast” actions that are available for you to add to any custom shortcut.
You can also create an alarm, toggle an alarm, and start a timer. Previously, the app had some shortcuts that you could try to use as timers (like the Laundry Timer Shortcut, which was effectively a countdown clock). But now, you can make your own straightforward shortcuts with a direct timer. You can also measure and convert measurements, such as inches to centimeters, more conveniently. There’s a “Get Last Import” action you can add to shortcuts that quickly pulls in the most recently imported photos.
With Shortcuts 2.1, you can also run a shortcut from HomePod by saying “Hey Siri, run [insert name] shortcut,” and it will automatically play media through AirPlay. Although Shortcuts is made by Apple, you’ll need to update it through the App Store, and it’s not a part of the new iOS 12.1 software update.