One of the marquee features of iOS 11 could be group FaceTime calls. According to Israeli website The Verifier, Apple is reportedly working on an update to FaceTime, which will allow up to five people to simultaneously video chat with each other. SEE ALSO: We might be saying goodbye to the iPhone's home button Users will also be able to start group FaceTime calls directly through group chats in iMessage, the report says. Group video chats would be a welcome addition to FaceTime, thought iOS 11 will certainly not arrive until the fall when the iPhone 8 (or "iPhone X") is expected to make its debut. Since its release in 2010, FaceTime has helped make two-way video calls as ubiquitous as voice calls.
US tech company Apple has said it will fix a bug in its Facetime video calling app that let iPhone users hear audio from users who were yet to accept a video call. The bug only appeared in the app's group video calling feature. On its official status page, Apple said that "Group FaceTime is temporarily unavailable" as the company works on solving the issue. "We're aware of this issue and have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week," Apple said in response to the bug. One-on-one Facetime chats are not affected by the bug unless the conversation is turned into a group chat.
One of the most anticipated iOS 12 and macOS Mojave features, group FaceTime, will not arrive when Apple makes both software releases available this fall. Apple announced group FaceTime at WWDC and hyped it as a seamless way to video chat with up to 32 people simultaneously. Right before Apple removed the iOS 12 beta 7 because of bugs, users who downloaded the software update noticed the feature had been removed with only the release notes saying it'd "ship in a future software update later this fall." Despite group FaceTime improving over the last several iOS 12 betas, we noticed it was particularly buggy when we tried it back in June when the first betas came out. Group calls would lag and audio would become distorted, especially when multiple users had Animoji, Memoji, and video filter effects applied to the video calls.
Apple has finally found a fix for its FaceTime eavesdropping bug. The iPhone maker on Friday said it has fixed a privacy flaw in its group video chat software that allowed users to hear the audio of a person they were calling before that person answered the call. It also plants to improve how it handles reports of software bugs after a teenager and his mother tried for days to warn Apple of the bug. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. 'We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix,' Apple said in a statement.
Kik, the popular chat app for iOS and Android devices, has added group video chat to its service. Kik's new group video chat brings new features including one-on-one and group chats of up to six people while allowing users to send emojis, messages, photos and GIFs. "Video chat was the number-one feature you requested, and today, we're really excited to launch it on Kik," the company said in a blog post. Kik Messenger has 300 million users and claims that 40 percent of U.S. teenagers use the app. As seen in the picture GIF, calls are the size of a profile icon.