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.

source: CNBC

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29 Comments

1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

So up to 32 people video chatting on an iPhone. Next to no one will chat with that many people. Even 16 people is excessive. Can you say useless bragging rights.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

For consumers, yes 32 or even 16 is definitely overkill, but for businesses it could be useful. However, it is also likely for bragging rights considering Google Hangouts allows up to 25 people on a video chat.

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Do you honestly believe that businesses will use this and try to get 32 people connected from other parts of the country or the world. You will be spending more time trying to trouble shoot some users connections. I bet you it's only used for bragging rights,only.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Considering Skype and Google both offer up to 25 people in a group video chat, Snapchat offering 16 people, and Facebook Messenger offering up to 50 people to join a video chat I would have to imagine it’s used at sometime by somebody in those larger group settings. I mean yes some of it is bragging rights but why would Facebook allow 50 people to join in on a connection? And don’t forget that FaceTime, just like these competitors, allow you to just simply call in without needing to transmit video.

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

These things happen when you are dealing with massive numbers on every aspect of sales, like in multi millions every quarter. Also if you wanna release a quality product which will work well as advertised, last a long time and won't be a health hazard you MUST take all the time in the world to make it properly. Remember the Note 7 debacle? Nobody wants things to end like that, won't you?

12. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

comparing a manufacturing issue with a programming issue is not the same facetime aint gonna blow up your device. Point is Apple is on a streak of delays that Steve Jobs would never have stood for, dudes had to of turned a few times by now...

29. fyah_king unregistered

Remember the iPhone 6 plus? They don't that debacle, again. Right?

31. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It’s for iOS and Mac OS. It’s for families that have group chats. Last I checked most families have group txts that are sent out and now can visually see each other through Group FaceTime. Genius move on Apple’s part...

2. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

So Samsung Ingenius commercial was right lol

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I wanted to say that. It's being delayed because of the "gen gen gen gen gen genius!!!!" 100% agree with you. But you know, when it comes to fans in general; nothing matters accept what they perceive as right. PA attacked the commercials as missing the mark. What mark though, they weren't specific. But they are factual though.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Samsung is the one who needs to take a one hard look at their failing hateful smartphone strategy, not Apple. If not they won't even exist in a couple of quarters from now.

10. TechNeck

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You act like Apple hasn't attacked other phone manufacturers before.

19. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

what about the whole windows vs mac campaign?

20. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Oh, Windows really sucks!!! Loving my macbook pro 2018.

22. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nice! Did you get the i9 throttling version?

23. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

of course he did. thats their premium model.

30. fyah_king unregistered

This little Asian dude is Tim Cook's boyfriend.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why? Because you say so? What are they failing at? Samsung actually has competition, and are on top. What is Apple on top of with iOS? Nothing. No one else has IOS so you can't compare. The commercials are simply trying to get people to jump ship. All companies do this. But you're only attacking Samsung for it. Sounds like you have hate and anger. So debating any facts with you would be a waste of time and space.

4. Reybanz88

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

We knew it was going to be delayed... They only can expand on what's already available... Once Samsung or Google comes out with it, then they'll release it and act like it's better... It's the same every year lol. They only are adding things that are already available on Android in some shape or form.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Dont hangouts already have that feature lol... 32 people is very excessive though can you imagine trying to get a word in? i have enough trouble with 4 other people.

11. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

How does a conversation on a phone with 20 plus people not turn into, "what was that? No you go ahead, no you go, no no finish what you were saying, it's okay I was done you go ahead."

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is interesting https://youtu.be/NN35PYY9-bg

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 599; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

interesting indeed.

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Very nice though I'm sure Apple will put some life back in its camera this years versions. Step one though is getting out of the 1970s and start recording in stereo sound. The sound was brutal in the video.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very true bro.

27. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why have dual firing stereo speakers, and not record in stereo. That is completely stupid. With both phones starting at $1000, you can see who's focus is on giving you value for the money and who just wants your money.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Nice find. He kinda doing SuperSaf style. I decided to take the plunge and get the Note 9. VZW's BOGO deal was to good to past up. I will get the 512GB for $3 more than I am paying for the Note 8. But. I will get $450 for each Note 8 trade in, and the 128GB Note 9 will be free. After all is said and done, the $1250 Note 9 will cost me only $350 out of pocket. So yes, no single phone is worth $1000. but getting 2 phones for $350 was a deal I couldn't pass up.

16. LEEDAQ

Posts: 185; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Don't worry apple don't think non of day to day users care about the function anyway

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