FaceTime is one of the key apps getting lots of love from Apple in iOS 15. When the new iPhone update rolls out in a few months, users will be able to join the conversation with friends on Android and Windows, and well. Moreover. Here are all the new features of FaceTime.
With iOS 15, FaceTime will receive Space audio. In fact, this technology has received a lot of attention from Apple. With Apple Music, for example, the company is focusing more on Dolby Atmos with spatial audio rather than lossless audio quality.
With Spatial Audio on FaceTime, Apple says it’s creating a “sound field that helps conversations go as smoothly as they do face-to-face.” Unfortunately, this feature is only available on iPhones with the A12 Bionic or later, known as iPhone XR / XS or later.
Another feature available only for these new iPhones is Portrait mode in calls. With this option, you can blur your background and focus on yourself. It works just like on the Camera app.
Two features that I liked to try were Voice isolation mode and Broad spectrum mode. These two features work similarly to active noise cancellation and transparency mode on the AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.
With the first one active, it really isolates your voice from all other noise, while in Wide Spectrum mode you can literally hear whatever is happening in your friend’s environment.
In iOS 15, FaceTime also receives the Grid view functionality. During a group FaceTime call, the user can place everyone in the conversation in tiles of the same size. The current speaker will be highlighted so that it is easy to know who is speaking. Grid view allows you to see up to six faces in the grid at a time.
FaceTime Link is another feature that already works on iOS 15 beta 1. You can use it to invite friends to a FaceTime call with a web link. Also there is Join FaceTime on the web, So friends who don’t have an Apple device can join the web for one-on-one and group calls right from their browser, with no sign-in required.
Here are the other things coming to FaceTime on iOS 15:
- Disable alerts: When you speak and your mic is muted, iPhone will notify you, and you can tap the alert to quickly turn the sound back on and make sure your voice is heard.
- Zoom: It is possible to use the optical zoom control for the rear camera for the first time.
SharePlay is a new experience coming to FaceTime with iOS 15
Still not working in iOS 15 beta 1, SharePlay will allow users to watch TV shows, listen to songs, and more together. Here’s everything that comes with the SharePlay feature:
- Watch together: Bring TV shows and movies to your FaceTime call
- Listen together: Share music with friends
- Shared music queue: While listening together, anyone in the call can add songs to the shared queue
- Share your screen: Integrate webpages, apps, and more into your conversation
- Synchronized reading: Pause, rewind, fast forward or jump to a different scene while being perfectly in sync with everyone
- Smart volume: Dynamically responsive volume controls automatically adjust the sound so you can hear your friends even during a loud scene or climaxing chorus
- Support for multiple devices: Connect via FaceTime on iPhone while watching video on Apple TV or listening to music on HomePod
- Connect via audio, video and text: Access the Group Message feed directly from FaceTime controls and choose the communication mode that matches the moment
These are all the features coming to FaceTime in iOS 15. What feature do you want to use the most? Tell us in the comments section below.
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