You spent a year using FaceTime more than ever before. These new features will keep you coming back.
Maybe you have enough FaceTime. More than a year after the pandemic, you’ve received the vaccine, waited at least two weeks, and are ready to see people face-to-face. But not so soon. You still have friends far and wide and others you want to see virtually. And yesterday at WWDC, Apple added a lot of new features to the app that will keep you chatting. What to look for next in FaceTime when iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 arrive in the fall.
Spatial Audio on FaceTime
Ever wish you could take out that background sound? Voice isolation mode brings your voice to the fore. If you want to have the full audio experience with who you’re chatting with, you can select Wide Spectrum to switch to ambient sound. Plus, multiple participant calls will sound more natural than before because Apple has included spatial audio, which sends sound from the position of the speaker on your screen.
When you use Portrait mode, your photos get the great look that FaceTime is having so you can stay in sharp focus while your background is a pleasant blur.
Loving Zoom Life? Grids of group calls are available on Facetime. Everyone on the call will appear in a tile, with six displayed at a time, and the current speaker highlighted.
Please share and share
SharePlay is arguably the biggest new FaceTime feature. You can share your screen, which is very useful if you’re giving some tech support or you just want to gossip about your messages. And it’s easy to stream TV shows and movies with friends with synced playback and controls to make sure you’re all on the same page, er screen. For video, it will work with Apple TV+, Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, TikTok, and Twitch. If you’re not quite as excited about the return of Turntable.fm and want to share some songs with friends on the call, use Apple Music.
Schedule Time (with Android Friends)
Nobody likes undeclared FaceTime calls. Scheduling lets you send an invite with a link so everyone involved knows when to put your face up for FaceTime. More importantly, those links can be shared with friends on Android or Windows devices; They can connect through Chrome or Edge browser.