First iOS 12.1 public beta with Group FaceTime now available along with tvOS 12.1 | 9to5Mac

Just two days after releasing the first developer beta for iOS 12.1, Apple has now made its public beta of iOS 12.1 available, as well as tvOS 12.1. The latest betas comes with a few notable changes.

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After the public release of iOS 12 on Monday, Apple made the first developer betas of iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, tvOS 12.1 available on Tuesday. Now the first public beta of iOS 12.1 has been released.

After Group FaceTime was pulled from iOS 12, it has returned with the latest beta. For now, Apple only said that it would ship sometime “later this fall,” but it’s nice to see the feature back for developer and public beta testers.

As noted by Steve Troughton-Smith, other changes include landscape orientation for Face ID (could be iPad only) and support for clickable thumb sticks on MFi gamepads.

Full release notes below:


The iOS 12.1 beta SDK provides support for developing iOS apps for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices running iOS 12.1. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 10.1 available from the Apple Developer Program download page. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 10.1, see Xcode Release Notes.


There are no notes or known issues for this software update.

New in iOS 12.1:

  • Group FaceTime is back in beta

For more coverage on Apple’s software releases this week:

  • Apple releases first iOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1, and tvOS 12.1 developer betas
  • iOS 12 is now available with performance boosts, Screen Time, smarter notifications, much more
  • watchOS 5 for Apple Watch now available with Podcasts and Walkie-Talkie apps, much more
  • tvOS 12 now available for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K, brings Dolby Atmos audio, screensaver updates, more
  • HomePod update adds multiple timers, Find My iPhone, making and receiving phone calls, and more
  • Shortcuts for iOS 12 now available on the App Store, replaces Workflow

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