FaceTime Eye contact problem fixed in iOS 13

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The third beta of iOS 13 involves a fresh function that makes it look like you’re looking straight at your front-facing camera during FaceTime calls, even when you look away from the individual on your screen. The function, which was spotted on Twitter by Mike Rundle, only appears to work with the beta variant on the iPhone XS and XS Max, and can be switched on and off within the settings of FaceTime.

Usually, video calls tend to make it look like both respondents are peering off to one side or the other as they look at the individual on their screen, rather than looking straight at the camera. However, the new “FaceTime Attention Correction” function appears to use some kind of picture manipulation to correct this, resulting in FaceTime users realistic-looking fake eye contact. Coincidentally, in 2017, Rundle himself theorized that one day, though not so shortly, Apple would do this.

It is not evident precisely how this impact is achieved by Apple, with which devices it will ultimately operate, or whether it will promote group calls. It’s also curious to understand if it works when there are various individuals in the frame, when you’re grouping your entire family around a device into a distant relative via FaceTime. The feature is expected to arrive next week in the public-facing beta.

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