iOS 11 With Group Video Calling
Group conversation have indeed become an integral feature of almost all the popular video calling services and according to an Israel technology blog, ‘The Verifier,’ Apple seems to be walking in the same direction. Yes, the report throws light on the possibility that with the next iOS 11, Apple is planning to integrate the most requested feature, i.e. introducing group calls on FaceTime later in 2017. The report also says that the group-calling feature will be introduced in iDevices by updating iMessage.
The next update, iOS 11, is supposedly going to be more “Social” which will pay more importance to iMessage chats and FaceTime. Currently FaceTime supports only two people on one call but it is believed that with the group feature integrated on FaceTime, it will support calling up to five members. Other video calling apps like Skype and Google Hangout already offer the group calling feature in their systems, even though Google’s newest video calling app DUO offers single user-to-user calling like FaceTime.
With Apple planning on to assimilate group video calling with the coming iOS 11, iDevice customers have much to look forward to. Apple is believed to reveal iOS 11 and all other important updates at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC) which is set to be held in early June this year.
Users could also start group FaceTime calls right from the group chats in iMessage, according to that blog. FaceTime is debatably the easiest and smoothest video chat platform and while the addition of group video calls would make a big deal for most users, for some it’ll just be a catch-up. Nevertheless, the change will be hailed by FaceTime lovers, as group calling feature has been in demand for a long time. So, if the report is correct, then this could be one of the biggest changes happening to the app since its commencement.
With the current OS, which is iOS10, a big renovation was noticed in the iMessage app. The new iMessage interface came with emoticons, stickers and an addition of third-party apps with the launch of iMessage App Store. With the new OS, the iMessage App Store came with a wide array of applications supporting the overhauled messaging app.
At WWDC this year, along with the updates, Apple will also be coming up with new iPhone models. The iPhone 8 is likely to come with big changes, the newest ones are rumoured to get a 5.8-inch OLED ‘wraparound’ display. It will no longer have the Home Button; instead a new and improved 3D Touch functionality is expected to be introduced. Also, the fingerprint sensor is tipped to be implanted within the display, along with the FaceTime camera.
The year 2017 is expected to be huge for Apple as the company celebrates the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. Indeed, there are a lot of anticipations from Apple to introduce something remarkable with both their next flagship and their latest operating system.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 8, 2017 6:03 AM UTC