It’s amazing what technology can do these days, but it gets a little scary at times. For example, FaceTime’s “eye contact” feature, which Apple beta tested in iOS 13 but released with iOS 14, creates the impression that you are looking straight into the camera even when you are actually looking at your friend on the screen . If you find this man-made trick a little creepy, you can always turn it off.
In typical video chat scenarios, you want to watch your friend while you are talking to them. Obviously, when you do this, you are not looking at the camera. So from your friend’s point of view, you look like you̵
With the new feature of FaceTime, the other caller can not only create the false feeling of authentic eye contact during a video call, but also have the feeling of staring into the abyss of your camera and not at it. We’re so used to the fact that on video calls the eyes are actually such that they look intimidating and unnatural when they’re pointed straight at us all the time – like you’re not really paying attention – and that’s not necessarily as regular conversation goes .
The somewhat creepy eye contact feature for FaceTime, which uses ARKit’s augmented reality features, is only available for the iPhone X.S., X.S. Max, X.R., 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and SE (2nd generation) at the moment. Basically every iPhone with an A12 chip or higher. It’s on by default, so you’ll need to turn it off if you don’t like an algorithm for determining your eye position.
To do this, open “FaceTime” in the “Settings” app and turn off the “Eye Contact” switch (it was called “attention correction” during the betas). The next time you use FaceTime, your friends will see your eyes as they are naturally.
As you can see from the GIFs below, the difference is pretty dramatic. When I look directly into the camera with eye contact activated, I appear to be looking about the camera. When I look at the caller, my eyes seem to be looking into the camera. If you consider this didn’t happen during the call, then is a bit annoying whether you find the feature useful or not.
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