Frequent users of FaceTime may have noticed a big change on their iPhone or iPad. Apple moved the flip camera button, changing a one-touch action into a multi-step process that requires tapping the info button to get further options. Now with the release of iOS 12.1.1, this short-lasted FaceTime nightmare is in the rear view mirror.
Apple is set to launch Group FaceTime with the release of iOS 12.1. The latest firmware, expected to roll out next week, will be publicly available sometime after Apple's October 30th press event in NYC. According to the iOS 12.1 user guide, Group FaceTime promises to bring video conferencing for up to 32 participants. So which iOS devices are compatible with Group FaceTime?
In addition to adding a few new Animoji and introducing Memoji, which are basically personalized Animoji, iOS 12 lets iPhone X owners use both moji in FaceTime video calls. The new AR feature is similar to using the face-tracking filters offered by Snapchat - the Animoji's facial expressions will mimic yours (now including your tongue and winking gestures with iOS 12). Next time you make a FaceTime call, try slapping on a pig face or try out the newly added T-Rex. Here's how to do it on iPhone X:
To enable/disable Live Photos during FaceTime calls, head to Settings -> FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down until you see FaceTime Live Photos. Toggle it on or off. It will be on by default so you may want to check this setting if you don't want people taking live photos of you while you are on a FaceTime call. Both parties must have iOS 11 installed for this feature to work. If you are able to use it you will see a white shutter button in the bottom left of your FaceTime screen.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Apple has yet to add a camera to Apple Watch. While some watch owners might see this possibility as a distraction, others are chomping at the bit to FaceTime and snap photos directly from their wrists. CMRA makes this possible in a stylish, self-contained rechargeable band. In fact, CMRA adds two cameras to Apple Watch, a forward-facing camera to snap photos AND a FaceTime camera for live video calling.