Group FaceTime is one of the biggest features that Apple has planned to launch with iOS 12 and if you are also waiting for the feature to come to your phone then your wait time has increased. As per the new reports when Apple rolls out its next major iPhone and iPad update this fall, iOS 12, it will not include group FaceTime video chat, the company said.
Apple initially discussed groupFaceTime during WWDC in June, where it detailed all of the new features coming to iOS 12. Group FaceTime allows up to 32 people to video chat at the same time. It also includes support for Apple’s Animoji, so users can chat with different digital masks on their faces.
Group FaceTime was one of the few major feature updates in iOS 12, which was otherwise devoted to incremental nuts-and-bolts updates such as faster performance.
Group FaceTime chats will allow 32 participants in a video call, with tiles of people’s faces where you can manually select people to highlight them in the main interface. Apple’s delay to group FaceTime chats comes after the company delayed its AirPlay 2 introduction in iOS.
While it has been available to test in some of the earlier development versions of the software, Apple has apparently decided it isn’t ready for everyone to use.
Removing the feature from the initial iOS 12 release means Group FaceTime has been delayed. Of course, Apple has delayed other features in the past, including AirPlay 2 which didn’t release until a year after it was unveiled. Hopefully, the wait won’t be as long with GroupFaceTime. iOS 12 is expected in September.
A similar situation occurred when Apple first announced AirPlay 2, Apple’s new wireless streaming technology. AirPlay 2 was supposed to launch in last year’s iOS 11 but didn’t launch until June of this year.
“Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall,” Apple said in its latest developer release of the software.
Apple typically launches the new versions of iOS in September in tandem with the introduction of new iPhone models.