Apple Just Fixed One of My Biggest Annoyances With FaceTime

Posted on July 3, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, iOS, Mobile with 20 Comments

Apple is working on an incredible new feature that will help fix one of my biggest announces with FaceTime. When making video calls on FaceTime (and some other video calling apps), looking at the screen of your phone makes it seem like you are looking away from the person on the other end. And if you try looking at the camera of the call, you can’t really focus on the person on the other end of the call. All of this leads to you constantly adjusting your gaze to make sure you are not looking weird on the other end.

Apple is finally working on a solution for the issue, as spotted by Mike Rundle on Twitter (via Reddit).

On the latest iOS 13 beta, there’s a new feature called FaceTime Attention Correction that seems to use advanced image manipulation tech to adjust your gaze automatically during video calls. Without the feature enabled, looking at your screen of the video call makes it seem like you are not looking directly at the camera (left), but with the new feature enabled, FaceTime makes it seem like you are looking at the camera even when you are looking at the screen (right). It’s amazing:

(via @WSig on Twitter)

The new feature is unfortunately only available to the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, so even if you have the iPhone X, you won’t be able to use the new feature at all. It’s not clear how Apple has implemented this feature, but it’s absolutely incredible.

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