In iOS 15, which is expected to be launched later this year, Apple has greatly improved the FaceTime experience. First of all, in order to meet the growing video demand, they also introduced the spatial audio function in FaceTime, allowing users to use it as if they were in the same room with their chat partners. At the same time, the new “voice highlighting” can also rely on machine learning to shield noise and highlight the human voice, while the “wide spectrum mode” allows the microphone to capture all sounds including human voices and ambient sounds.
In addition, in a multi-person conversation, the user can choose to display everyone in a grid, and there will be corresponding prompts in the grid when someone is speaking. Apple also added a portrait mode to FaceTime this time, allowing you to truly become the focus of the picture. In addition, the new FaceTime Links, as the name suggests, can generate links for sharing. You can send it to others via messages, emails, etc., or put it in a calendar to plan your schedule. It is worth mentioning that FaceTime Links is also applicable to Android and Windows platforms. Users can add FaceTime to the web page after clicking, and it also has end-to-end encryption, so there is no need to worry about privacy.
Finally, this time FaceTime has a major improvement, that is, it will provide a brand-new SharePlay function. It allows you to share the music you are listening to and the video you are watching (including the control panel and playlist) while chatting. It supports picture-in-picture while watching a movie, and the video can also be mirrored to Apple TV for playback. Apple claims that calls can still be fully synchronized during this process, and that it has opened the SharePlay API. Many well-known entertainment apps including Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, and ESPN+ have confirmed that they will add related features. In addition, you can also share your phone screen with the other party through FaceTime, so that when you encounter operational problems or ask how to break through the game, the other party can “handle the handle” for you to demonstrate.