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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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

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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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

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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