Apple delays group FaceTime feature that allows 32 people to video chat at once
Among the new features that Apple has touted for iOS 12 is a group chat feature for the FaceTime video platform. With iOS 12, expected to be released next month, iOS device owners were supposed to be able to video chat with up to 32 iOS 12 users at the same time. The new iOS build was also expected to allow FaceTime users to wear an Anamoji digital mask while video chatting with other iOS 12 users.
Earlier beta versions of iOS 12 did allow users to test the new FaceTime group chat feature, but continuing a disturbing pattern, Apple has delayed the release of the new FaceTime capabilities. In a statement, Apple did say that it will push out a software update this fall that will contain the new features.
Apple has recently delayed the release of its HomePod smart speaker from last December to this past February. It also has failed to deliver the AirPower wireless charging mat introduced last September. There is talk that the release of the Apple iPhone 9, with a 6.1-inch LCD display, will be pushed back to November after issues with the notch. Last year, the launch of the Apple iPhone X was delayed by nearly two months. And now this.
Apple hasn't explained the reasons for the delay, but if the new feature does become available this fall, iOS users might just have to wait a few weeks for it to arrive on their iPhone or iPad devices.