With the majority of video calling services now allowing group conversations, Apple seems to be walking in the same direction as well. Latest reports bring it to light that with the next iteration of the iOS, which will be the iOS 11, Apple may introduce group calls on FaceTime. Also Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline outAlso Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report
The Verfier, an out of Israel technology blog, claims that Apple is planning to include the highly requested feature in FaceTime with iOS 11, to be released later in 2017. The blog cites people familiar with the process. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 7 first look: Classy with lots of health features
“The next update, iOS 11, will include several new features, one of which is able to make a call multi-user video service FaceTime. According to information reaching the site, the next update for the iOS operating system 11, will be more Update ‘social’ that will put an emphasis primarily on chats on iMessage and FaceTime (translated),” notes the blog.
The report also claims that the group calling feature will be initiated in iDevices by updating the iMessage on the iOS platform. The group calling feature on FaceTime will supposedly support calling up to five members. ALSO READ: For about Rs 20,000 you could get yourself an iPhone 7 mini, here s how
Currently, FaceTime supports only two one on one calling between two devices, and that s been there since its inception in 2010. Other video calling apps like Skype and Google Hangout have long integrated the group calling feature in their systems, although Google’s latest video calling app DUO supports single user-to-user calling like FaceTime.
With Apple looking to integrate group video calling with the arrival of iOS 11, iDevice owners have much to look forward to. It is being predicted that Apple will reveal its iOS 11 and all other major updates at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC), which is scheduled to be held in early June. ALSO READ: Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion for allegedly charging excessive royalties
With the current OS, which is iOS 10, among other things, a big overhaul was seen in the iMessage app. The new iMessage interface came with stickers, emoticons and third-party app integration with the launch of iMessage App Store. The iMessage App Store with the new OS, came with a wide range of apps supporting the revamped messaging app.
The iMessage App Store is very similar to Apple s main App Store with different categories of apps. The resemblance to the main App Store isn t really a bad thing as it brings familiarity for users, and helps get started. It is worth pointing out here that there are some apps, which are iMessage extensions of already available apps while there are others that are exclusively there for iMessage.
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