From launch to iOS 11, FaceTime was limited to one-to-one calls. Apple will change this in a future iOS 12 update with Group FaceTime, which will provide support for up to 32 people in group audio and video calls. But that's not all we'll get in iOS 12 – there are more features that FaceTime will soon have or will soon be getting.
. 1 Use Effects to Invigorate a Conversation
Messages are not the only app in which you can find new camera effects – all stickers, animoji, memoji, text captions, animated shapes, and filters that you can apply to your photos and videos Messages are found in FaceTime. Whether you want your video feed to look like a comic book or prefer to talk to friends with your memoji, these new effects add a new fun factor to your FaceTime calls.
. 2 Group FaceTime with up to 32 people total (coming)
The crown jewel of the new FaceTime features, Group FaceTime, allows you to chat with 31 other people – all of whom can use and view the above-mentioned FaceTime effects , Each user must run a supported version of iOS and macOS to group the chat.
While Apple originally said that this feature does not work in iOS 12.0, it does not. The company reverted to this statement during the iOS 12 beta program, claiming Group FaceTime would come in the fall with a future iOS 12.x update and a future macOS 10.14.x update. The specific time for this 12.x update is yet to come, but until then Group FaceTime and all the group chat features listed below will not work on iOS 12.0
3. Using the Message App to Start and Log Calls (19659005) The easiest way to start a group FaceTime call is simply to load the entire group chat into one. In messages, you'll see an option to invite members to a group FaceTime chat as long as the group chat is done through iMessage. Better yet, if you are late for the party, you will see an active call both in the conversation list and in the conversation in question. Just tap the active call to jump at any time.
4. Adding New Group Members FaceTimes
If you have up to 32 people in a chat, you want to invite others as easily as possible. Luckily, Apple did just that, so you or another user can add new participants at any time during a call. In addition, joining is easy when you receive an invitation to a Group FaceTime call. You can always accept it as long as this call remains active, so there is no pressure to jump in immediately.
It would not be a really seamless invitation without round notifications. If you invite more than one person to start or join a Group FaceTime call, invitees will receive a silent notification to join the chat. This gives you or your guests the opportunity to continue their day without interruption by a loud call.
No matter how big your screen is, 32 connected pictures are a lot to try and fit on an iPhone display. That's why iOS 12 automatically puts the current speaker on the screen, so you know exactly who's talking when. Group FaceTime also ensures that users' images of both video and audio calls are measured in terms of activity in a given chat, so that more attention is paid to those who speak more.
Do not think that Group FaceTime sorts users by activity in the chat so the rest of a personal call goes unnoticed. All users not marked in Group FaceTime will be shown in the "Roster" at the bottom of the screen. The next time they speak, they will be returned to the main display. You also have the option of tapping everyone in the list as well as the main ad, and FaceTime keeps the focus on them.
It is not necessary to select a group FaceTime call if it is just audio or video. Rather, each individual caller must decide whether he wants to show his face in a chat or not. If you can not make a video call or just want to save some data, you can simply send your voice to a Group FaceTime call.