Version 12.1 of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system may launch by the end of October 30, shortly after the company’s planned media event, where new iPad models are expected. iOS 12.1 will introduce dual-SIM functionality on the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.
It’s the first time Apple has offered a dual-SIM phone, and it’s doing so using an eSIM rather than a second physical card in many markets. In China, however, iPhone models sold there have a SIM tray with two slots instead.
The eSIM allows compatible iPhones to run two different phone lines, for calls, texts, and data. Both SIMs will be active at all times, with the device automatically switching to answer incoming calls, regardless of settings.
In addition to dual-SIM, iOS 12.1 will add Group FaceTime calls, new emoji, and a variety of new features. The release has not yet been confirmed by Apple, and may only be announced during the October 30 event.