FaceTime has received some massive upgrades, thanks to the latest iOS 15 of iPhone. Here are the best features it received from the Apple giant.
FaceTime, a proprietary videotelephony product developed by Apple Inc., received some massive upgrades from the tech giant firm’s latest smartphone system. Thanks to the new iOS 15, the popular video application now offers advanced features that will surely improve your user experience.
Apple announced during WWDC in June that FaceTime was getting a makeover. The tech giant’s video chat app can be used on Android or Windows devices and includes the ability to host virtual watch parties, schedule calls in advance, and more with its new software.
On the other hand, the company also announced that FaceTime’s new features will arrive with the latest iOS 15. Apple confirmed that users can install the public beta now. However, the tech giant firm advised consumers to back up their iPhones first and consider that the software may not work 100% all the time.
You can also always wait for the final version to arrive in the fall to try out the updated FaceTime features if you decide the beta isn’t the best for you. With these key updates to the video application, it seems Apple doesn’t want Zoom to take all the success.
Apple Inc. also explained that FaceTime needs to have more features before it can act like the popular video platform called Zoom. These functionalities include SharePlay and other system capabilities.
iOS 15 Features For Apple’s Videotelephony App
Using the depth-sensing cameras on the iPhones, iPads and recent iMacs, when you use FaceTime you’ll be able to have an attractively blurred background on your virtual calls. Zoom offers a similar feature, but it’s only software-based, so it’s possible we may see an improvement in how well you’re “cut out” of your background in Apple’s version.
A new spatial audio isolation function will be available in the FaceTime app which significantly helps cut down on background noise. Apple showed a demo in which a person was using a noisy leaf blower behind the person on the call, but when the new isolation function was activated, only their speech could be heard.
It certainly seemed impressive and great for taking calls in noisy locations, although how it fares in real life remains to be seen. Since spatial audio aims at 3D audio processing to capture more of the environment around a speaker and help it seem like they’re in the room with you, many Apple handset owners will surely find it essential.
Group FaceTime grid view
Apple’s new handset system also allows the popular video platform has the so-called Group Mode. The new grid view places everyone on the call on the screen, making it easier to see who’s on, with the active speaker being highlighted. It looks much the same as Zoom’s Gallery view and will be a welcome addition to anyone trying to negotiate family group calls or team meetings over the video application.
Aside from the two features mentioned above, the new handset system also integrated SharePlay into the popular video app. SharePlay allows you to watch movies or listen to music totally in sync with your friends and family over the Apple application. SharePlay also allows the movie to begin on both your devices (iPad, iPhone, Mac, or Apple TV) at exactly the same time, mimicking the experience of watching it together in the same room.