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Apple iOS 13 Features: FaceTime Attention Correction in iOS 13 Uses AR to Fix Eye-Contact

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    Apple iOS 13 Features

    Apple had unveiled the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 13. With iOS 13 update, Apple has tried to fix some major issues with iOS 12, including the flawed FaceTime.

    FaceTime is Apple’s official video chat that offers secure video calls on Apple devices. However, it can end up feeling a little bit ‘non-personal’ because most of us don’t make eye contact with the person we are talking to.

    Apple iOS 13 Features FaceTime

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    When we are talking to someone, we mostly look at the screen instead of the front facing camera which disrupts are eye contact with the person on the other side of the screen.

    Even though it is not a flaw since manufacturers are forced to put the front-facing camera on the top of the screen. Apple, however, has come out with a fix that would help in a more authentic and natural experience while FaceTiming.

    FaceTime Attention Correction

    Apple has introduced FaceTime Attention Correction in iOS 12 beta 3. It was discovered by Mark Rundle who shared a screenshot of the toggle alongside an explanation.

    FaceTime Attention Correction makes the user appear that he/she is making eye contact, but in reality, they are likely to look at the screen.

    iOS 13 Features FaceTime Correction

    How does Apple manage to do this?

    A twitter user Dave Schukin put together a video explaining the working of Face Time Correction.

    According to Dave, Face Time Correction uses an ARKit for grabbing a depth map-position of the face and adjusts the eyes accordingly.

    When he moved an arm of his glasses in front of his face, we can see warping in front of his nose and eyes. In the end, it looks like Apple is using AR Magic to make it look like as if the user is gazing into the camera.

    Apple iOS 13 update Features FaceTime

    Currently, this feature is only present on iOS 13 beta 3 so will have to wait for the public release.

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