Apple to add group calling for FaceTime in iOS 11?

Apple to add group calling for FaceTime in iOS 11?
Israel has a burgeoning high tech industry, and several companies that were based inside the country ended up purchased by large U.S. tech firms. Google, for example, purchased crowdsourced navigation app Waze, and Apple's purchase of LinX resulted in the dual-camera setup on the back of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has a group of engineers toiling in Israel, which is where a new rumor about FaceTime was born.

According to the rumor, FaceTime is getting a new feature in iOS 11, namely group calling. This will allow iOS users to stream live to groups in addition to the usual one-to-one connection. Since there are messaging apps like Skype and Facebook Messenger that already offer it, Apple needs to update FaceTime's capabilities to keep pace. The FaceTime camera last received an upgrade with 2015's Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The camera was hiked to 5MP from the previous 1.2MP.

The additional group calling feature is just speculation for now, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the FaceTime camera also receive another upgrade. Considering that some top-shelf Android phones are sporting 16MP front-facing cameras (like the just unveiled HTC U Ultra), we wouldn't be surprised to see Apple upgrade the FaceTime hardware with an 8MP-12MP camera.

source: TheVerifyer (translated) via TechRadar

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20 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's gonna be lit actually...

16. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Truuee

2. strawhat67

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Don't forget to add apt-x support

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Finally...after 7 years of announcement.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder how good of an update 11 will be.

7. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Better late than never.

8. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

As long as it keeps the same smoothness I'm good with that. I still find FaceTime the smoothest with skype getting better and better.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Even though it's way late, I'm glad to see that Apple is finally going to add group calling to FaceTime. And I hope that Apple spends more time on iOS11 regarding QC.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Pretty cool. FT is one of the better video chat apps on iOS at least for 2 good reasons. iPhone 6 and up use some form of h.265 or whatever (some compression done by the SoC onboard) to dramatically reduce bandwidth needed for FaceTime calls and also it's E2E encryption. Also pretty solid video chat quality too

11. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Apple innovates and others will follow. My soul is ready for iOS 11.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Will follow in a wrong way.

14. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Yup. I agree.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's dumb and dumber together Cnour & Mxy, hiding under new name

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This has been around for years... How is that innovating?

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