At WWDC 2018 yesterday, Apple announced plenty of new features coming on the iOS 12. One of most notable was group chat support for FaceTime, which can allow you to make a video call with up to 32 people. Not just that, FaceTime will also be integrated with Messages now, so you can transition from text chat to video calling with ease.
When indulging in a group chat, FaceTime will present tiles for every person taking part in the conversation. There will be four tiles upfront, while a roster of other participants will be placed at the bottom. When a person is speaking, the app will intuitively enlarge their tile, in order to highlight them. Users can also manually click on a person’s tile to get a better look at them. Participants also have the option to leave and join the conversation at will.
Apple is also adding plenty of other features to the mix. FaceTime also lets you use Animoji and filters while making video calls. This includes Memoji that the company introduced at the event yesterday. Memoji allows users to create a virtual version of themselves that can track both facial expressions and voice. These digital self-avatars can also be used in Messages app.
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Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi gave everybody a demo of the group chat feature yesterday, by video calling the FaceTime team back in Cupertino. They also helped demo the new Animoji feature, with even Apple’s CEO Tim Cook taking part in the conversation as his own Memoji.