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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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Tech Giant Apple Solves Location Privacy Issue with iPhone 11 in 2nd iOS 13.3.1 Beta

After giving an unsatisfactory answer, Apple had said in December that it would bring a dedicated toggle in location services to allow customers to completely turn off the feature

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The second beta version of Apple’s iOS 13.3.1, released earlier this month, now includes a toggle for disabling the Ultra Wideband chip in the device. This comes after privacy issue reports around the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro that they still tracked location data even when users had turned off location services.

When that led to more questions and debates, the iPhone maker stated the behaviour was due to the fact the UWB chip in the new iPhones isn’t approved broadly around the world, so the iPhone 11 uses location services to check if UWB can be used or not, 9to5Mac reported on Friday.

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“We do not see any actual security implications,” an Apple engineer was earlier quoted as saying by KrebsOnSecurity.

“It is expected behaviour that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings.”

After giving an unsatisfactory answer, Apple had said in December that it would bring a dedicated toggle in location services to allow customers to completely turn off the feature. (IANS)