Latest rumor adds another feature plans of Apple finally bringing group video chat capability to FaceTime as part of the iOS 11 update, which is wide doing rounds as expected to be announced at this year’s WWDC event before being released later in the year.
According to the new report, via The Verifier, claims “several people familiar with [the] iOS development process” have confirmed that group-video-calling is finally on its way to the platform.
Currently, the maximum number of people that can be in a FaceTime video call sits at two, and it has been that way since the feature was introduced all the way back in 2010.
Ever since its introduction, Apple’s FaceTime has only supported video calls between two parties, and said iOS 11 could allow group FaceTime video calls in the future. Competing services like Skype and Google Hangouts both already adds group video calling to its technology, and with such competition already fircre in the video chatting space, Apple really should have gotten around to adding such a feature sooner than iOS 11.
If and if we can’t make video calls between more than two people on FaceTime post-iOS 11, then Apple may as well cede the space outright. Then?
In particular, group video calls are supposedly set for introduction in the next-generation operating system. Users will have to initiative a group FaceTime video call from a group chat in Messages. Up to five people should be able to participate.
Apple has suffered from similar features such as its own text-based messaging platform iMessage as well, though with iOS 10, the company has fixed many complaints that were levied at iMessages, with new inclusions and even apps for Messages brought to the platform. Both FaceTime and FaceTime Video are in dire need of some work, and with iMessage having received attention in iOS 10, let’s just hope iOS 11 will see some more focus lavished on the two FaceTime features.
Despite improvements in process speeds and network bandwidth, FaceTime has been limited to one-to-one communication since its iteration. Apple has dragged its feet on multi-user video chat integration has given breathing room to third-party apps, even though FaceTime is for many the de facto video calling solution for iOS and the new macOS.
A June announcement would coincide with Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, event, that typically focuses on OS updates planned to shop later in the year, giving more to developers an early glimpse at them and a chance to build or update apps with support.
With WWDC expected in the first couple of weeks of 6th month 2017, we still have some way to go before we know for sure what Apple has in store for iOS 11. More rumors concentrating mostly on the next iPhone and iPad now, it seems we might not be getting much of a sneak peek into Apple’s next major iOS update before its developer conference.
(Source: The Verifier [Google Translate])
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