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Apple Testing a Feature to Make Users Fake Eye Contact on FaceTime

The “FaceTime Attention Correction” feature should arrive in the public-facing beta next week, the report added

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As part of the third beta of iOS 13, Apple is testing a feature called “FaceTime Attention Correction” to make users fake an eye-to-eye contact on Apple’s video-calling app, even when they are looking elsewhere.

Normally, video calls tend to make it look like both participants are peering off to one side or the other, since they are looking at the person on their display rather than directly into the front-facing camera which is exactly what this feature intends to fix, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“Haven’t tested this yet, but if Apple uses some dark magic to move my gaze to seem like I’m staring at the camera and not at the screen I will be flabbergasted. (New in beta 3!),” app designer Mike Rundle who spotted the test tweeted.

The feature appears to use some kind of image manipulation to correct this and results in realistic-looking fake eye contact between the FaceTime users.

“Looking at him (Rundle’s friend) on-screen (not at the camera) produces a picture of me looking dead at his eyes like I was staring at the camera. This is insane,” he added.

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Shockingly, the feature’s debut on iOS was predicted by Rundle himself back in 2017.

For now, the feature only appears to be working on the iPhone XS and XS Max with this version of the beta and can be toggled on and off from within FaceTime’s settings.

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The “FaceTime Attention Correction” feature should arrive in the public-facing beta next week, the report added.

Apple unveiled the iOS 13 with several features like Dark Mode and Apple sign-in. The next generation of Apple’s operating system (OS) would make unlocking the Apple device with Face ID 30 per cent faster, downloads 50 per cent smaller and updates 60 per cent smaller. (IANS)

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Apple Brings iOS 13.2.3 Fixing Variety of Weird Bugs

Apart from fixing the background app issue, the fix also handles issues where iPhone could temporarily lose mobile signal after a call and another "where mobile data may temporarily not be available"

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Apple has released iOS 13.2.3, which fixes a variety of weird bugs in iPhone’s Mail, Photos and Files apps and more.

The latest update includes a fix for the Spotlight system search feature that had been failing for some users recently.

The iPhone maker on its support page said that the this iOS update also fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background.

In terms of the update size, iOS 13.2.3 is around 90MB in size, however, the actual size may vary with the device.

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This new incremental update comes on the heels of iOS 13.2.2 which addressed issues with apps running in the background and more.

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Users can be download iOS 13.2.3 by navigating to ‘Settings,’ then ‘Genera,’ ‘About,’ and finally ‘Software Update.’

Apart from fixing the background app issue, the fix also handles issues where iPhone could temporarily lose mobile signal after a call and another “where mobile data may temporarily not be available”. (IANS)