Apple will be rolling out iOS 15 later this year, with some notable upgrades to its popular feature ‘FaceTime’. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi previewed those modifications during WWDC 2021.

One of the most significant upgrades is that Facetime will operate with Android and Windows 10 PCs from the new shareable links Apple will allow users to send to their family and friends. The tech giant has not made it clear how FaceTime is going to function on Android and Windows, but they did inform that iOS 15 users will be able to share web links to invite their families or friends to the conversations.

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The new user will get access to a similar visual layout along with the loose squares with everyone connected in the video chat, but that is about it, for now. It is not yet confirmed that if a native app is in the picture but at this point.

In addition to it, there is also a major new feature called ‘SharePlay’. SharePlay will allow a group of people to watch or listen to the same thing at the same time. The feature allows the user to pull in songs, videos, or share screens. Moreover, some notable names are on board to support the feature, including Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, and Twitch. Apple Music and Apple TV Plus support, it, too, of course.

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As virtual watch parties had become a popular feature during the pandemic, and SharePlay dives into that. The feature suggests that Apple is trying to make FaceTime into more of a hangout platform and not just a means to make suitable video calls with your relatives.

Some other features coming to the latest version of FaceTime include:

  • Spatial Audio support
  • Grid view for videos
  • Portrait mode for videos
  • FaceTime links
  • Join FaceTime calls from the web on Android and Windows

Source: The Verge 


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