iOS 13 introduces eye contact simulation to FaceTime

iOS 13 introduces eye contact simulation to FaceTime
Video calls have made long-distance communication a much more intimate experience, but there has been an issue from the get-go when it came to realistic eye contact between participants. Since you're looking at the other person's face on the screen, and not the camera, and they are doing the same, to both of you it appears as though the other is looking somewhere to the side. This "issue" will be fixed in iOS 13, with the introduction of FaceTime Attention Correction.

What FaceTime Attention Correction does, is it basically fakes eye contact, even though you're looking at the screen. Apple is able to do this by leveraging the power of ARKit and computational image manipulation.

The feature was discovered by Mike Rundle who tested it with Will Sigmon on Twitter:


According to Rundle and Sigmon, FaceTime Attention Correction is currently working on the iPhone XS and XS Max (and possibly the iPhone XR) running iOS 13 beta 3, while the iPhone X doesn't seem to support it. We can't say for sure how much processing power the effect requires, but considering that the iPhone X also doesn't have real-time previews for post-processing effects like HDR in the Camera app, FaceTime Attention Correction may be reserved for the newer models only.

Dave Schukin explains that eye contact correction uses ARKit to "grab a depth map of your face" and then employs computational imaging to readjust your eyes in real time. It sounds complex, but you can look at it as just a Snapchat filter (only a much more meaningful implementation of the technology).

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12 Comments

1. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Another great added feature.

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Big-ups to Apple. A good improvement this would be.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So showing a simulated moon to enhance a picture is seemed bad and immoral but faking interest in a conversation is amazing because Apple? How slow do you have to be to know where to look in a video chat?

7. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

So apple making a great features is bad for you and if not would troll about apple lacking features. Stop your bulls**t and care for your cheap android products and half baked features.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

My phones cost more and do more than your itoy. Sorry.

4. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

I wonder what kind of features are next for those who don't show their faces but other body parts ;) on Facetime...

5. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Rumor has it Apple is looking into acquiring Deepfake. Why stop with eyeballs?

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1799; Member since: May 17, 2017

Anyone else find this creepy?

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

For once I'll applaud Apple for this and hope it comes to Android.

9. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Why creepy it’s just like auto correct, edgy feature, nice

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1799; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don’t want to be autocorrected.

12. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Then use swipe.

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