Apple has doubled the AR capabilities in iOS 12. The augmented reality framework of the iPhone has been radically redesigned with ARKit 2.0, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. While the updated API tools will help developers create better interactive apps, there's another new AR feature that regular users will enjoy: Animoji in FaceTime
Animoji was first introduced with iPhone X in iOS 11 the Apple experience. With iOS 12, four new Animoji have been introduced, and a new feature called Memoji will allow you to create a custom Animoji in your image – much like a Bitmoji with Snapchat Filter Face Tracking. Even better, you can use the new animoji, memoji and more in live video chats through FaceTime.
] First, you should know some basic requirements. Because this is an iOS 12 feature, you'll need to run Apple's latest mobile operating system before you can try it. The developer preview should be available within a day, then the public can install iOS 12 by jumping into the beta shortly thereafter.
Even with the right software, there are some hardware requirements to use these features. In particular, Animoji and Memoji require an iPhone X. Other features, such as AR stickers, can be used on any Apple device running iOS 12 or later, including iPads.
If you just want to beat an animoji on your face while making a video call, skip the next paragraph. However, if you want to use a memoji, you must first create a memo in the Messages app.
On any message thread, tap the App Store icon and select the Animoji icon. From there, scroll to the bottom of Animoji's list and hit the + button. You will now be guided through the creation of your own memoji.
When everything is ready, open the FaceTime app and start a call as usual. You can even use your Animoji or Memoji in the new FaceTime group chat so that can not be used as a single video call.
Next, tap on the small rectangular inlay. In the lower right corner, your own face will appear in the video call. This displays a series of controls that display a series of stickers and filters that you can apply to your camera feed. But the Animoji option is the first one in this list, so tap.
From here you can scroll through the list of available Animoji, and your Memoji will be at the bottom of that list , If you select one of these options, the overlay will be applied to your face in real time so you can move and speak as you normally would, but you will have an Animoji face.
You can even combine stickers with your Animoji face overlay. In other words, you could put a sticker somewhere in the background of the frame, and your iPhone's AR functions keep it in place as it moves. Meanwhile your face will be replaced by an animoji. Anyone in the FaceTime call can use Animoji as well!
What do you think about Animoji in FaceTime? A bit scary, a sign of society's ongoing detachment from humanity, or just a fun feature? Let us know in the comments section below.
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