Over a year into a global pandemic, Apple announced some major updates to its Facetime app at WWDC 2021, which will be available in iOS 15.
Notably, Android users will now be able to join in on Facetime calls, posing some competition to apps like Zoom and Google Meet, which have boomed during lockdown. This Facetime makeover will also include links to join calls, which can be sent via Calendar invites in advance of your meeting. These links work across platforms, whether you’re on the web, an Android phone, or your iPhone.
Apple is also adding updates that make the experience of video chatting on Facetime more closely resemble real life conversations.
“When talking in person, our brains process hundreds of social auditory and visual cues when talking on a video call. Many of those signals can get lost, leaving us feeling drained. So this year, we’ve set out to make FaceTime calls feel more natural, comfortable, and lifelike,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering.
Through a spatial audio feature, FaceTime calls will sound like you’re sitting in the same room with your friends – that means if someone is on the left side of your screen, their audio will …read more
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