Apple Releases iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, watchOS 5.1.1, and tvOS 12.1

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During its special event in Brooklyn, Apple announced iOS 12.1, which gains the delayed Group FaceTime feature, dual-SIM capabilities for this year’s iPhones, camera improvements, new emojis, and more. Later in the day, the company quietly released macOS 10.14.1 Mojave, also with support for Group FaceTime, along with watchOS 5.1, tvOS 12.1, and iOS 12.1 for HomePod.

watchos 5, the continuing disaster: used to be swiping down on the home screen would display notifications. in watchos 5.1, i now get “raise to speak”. only i have siri turned off …

no idea where the notifications went to.

Not seeing any changes to my iWatch4 in that regard.

9to5Mac is now reporting that Apple has pulled watchOS 5.1, so if your iPhone has already downloaded it to the Watch app, we recommend NOT installing it. The problems are not universal, but there’s no reason to court danger.

Wow! More emojis! Just what the world wanted.

I was able to successfully complete, install, and use the update on my Series 4 watch. It only took about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. One improvement that I noticed:

I don’t normally consider my walks in the neighborhood to be workouts. Nevertheless, on some of them, after 10 minutes, the watch will prompt me to capture the walk as a workout. I usually say yes. For those walks, the heart rate graph in the iPhone Activity app had been unavailable. Now it does appear, although with little detail until the 10-minute point. Similarly the distance is accurate, but the map showing the varying pace only starts at the 10 minute point.

That feature was introduced in watchOS 5, not the minor 5.1 update.

Under 5.0, it would not produce a heart rate graph. Now it does. That’s the change.

Of course, the fix may actually in an update to the associated app (Activity) on the iPhone since that is where you view the detailed Workout data.If that is the case, the fix have been part of the IOS update, not the WatchOS update.

Did the update to macOS 10.14.1 this morning. One annoyance—on restarting and logging in, I had to reauthorise Accessibility permissions for a lot of my regularly-used apps.

Spent a week plus looking at my tablet wanting me to update to 12.0.1… but wanted to wait for 12.1. Now it’s here, BUT they want to update my table to 12. Huh? Why not 12.1 if THAT is the current release version…

Meanwhile, for some reason it keeps switching to my 2.4GHz network even though it SHOULD connect to my 5GHz one. And every other time when I try and switch it back, it says I have the wrong password… even though I have NEVER EVER changed the password. Means I have to manually enter said password. Sorry, I’m an old fuddy duddy, thinking we deserve some quality control…

Yes, I’ve seen some people report that the update says iOS 12, but it really is iOS 12.1.

watchOS 5.1.1 is now out, so if you’ve been waiting to install, you can do so now. Or you could wait a little longer, just in case. :slight_smile:

I’ve updated the article with these details, and added mention of the fact that iOS 12.1 for the HomePod was released too.

One thing that disappointed me about the 12.0 upgrade - and there were rumors it was fixed in 12.1 but it wasn’t - is the obscure, hard-to-use “camera flipping” UI in FaceTime.

Before iOS 12 you could flip the camera by touch the camera flip icon, just like you do in Camera.

But with iOS 12 you have to touch …, then touch flip, but you don’t actually see the camera flip, and then you have to get back to the original viewing screen without accidentally touching the red button to disconnect.

What were they on when they came up with that?!

Don’t you mean that iOS will detect whether your battery is OEM or third-party, (as opposed to “counterfeit”)? Or are you saying that any third-party part is by definition “counterfeit”?

Honestly, we don’t know—that’s straight from Apple’s release notes. It is an interesting note though.

Apple considers any battery not manufactured with their permission to be counterfeit. Repairman Louis Rossman is fighting customs right now over “counterfeit” batteries manufactured by one of Apple’s plants.

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Well, counterfeit memory chips that ran on name-brand production lines, had the name brand holographs, but were made while the plant was closed with poor quality materials flooded the market a number of years ago. They were indistinguishable except by their fail-rate being really high. It was a big mess and they were just mixed in with the real supply.

So this is a complex topic. However, he’s right. This is not an appropriate action.

Considering that poorly made lithium batteries can be a cause of fires or explosions, I think it may be wise to let people know if the battery is non-standard.

Sure. But non-standard is not the same thing as “poorly made.” Nor is it the same thing as non-OEM. And it certainly isn’t the same thing as counterfeit.

If I put an Interstate battery in my car, I havent put a non-standard or poorly made or counterfeit battery in my car. I’ve simply put a non-OEM battery in my car. The same goes for phone batteries.