With the release of iOS 12.1 on 30th October, there is every reason to smile within the Apple fraternity because iPhone user get new emoji. The new operating system introduces over 70 new emoji to iPhone and iPad.
When FaceTime was first introduced, one could immediately see that our manner of communicating and sharing important moments was going to change. Now Apple has introduced Group FaceTime which makes it possible to chat with more people than ever before.
As opposed to the limited 2 people, you can now have as much as 32 people chatting on your FaceTime. Isn’t that awesome!
iPhone and iPad user get over 70 new emoji including characters that have curly hair, gray hair and red hair; a new bald for people; more emoji that represent food, animals and sports; and more emotive smiley faces.
Apple Watch and Mac users can also get the new emoji upon update to the new software.
People all over the world use emoji to communicate and iOS 12.1 introduces more of these to the keyboard to better represent the global audience, including red gift envelop, emoji for moon cake, and nazar amulet.
Sports fans have not been left out either. They will be glad to use the newly introduced emoji for lacrosse and softball, while those who like going on an adventure will be pleased by new characters for hiking boot, compass and luggage.
And that’s not all. There are beautiful characters for kangaroo, mosquito, llama, kangaroo and lobster.
FaceTime has been at the center of our communication for quite a while now. The new iOS 12.1 could as well be the start of goodbyes to just the 2 people limitation on FaceTime. With this update, you can FaceTime with as many as 32 people at a go.
The process of adding another person has been simplified, while you can as well easily join an active FaceTime call or use the same camera effects available in Messages to add stickers, filters or appear to friends and family as an Animoji or Memoji.
When an individual gets an invitation, they have various join options such as doing so through video or audio via iPad, iPhone or Mac.
There are more features that have been introduced on FaceTime including:
- Ringless notification: When you make a call to more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification which enables you join a call without being disruptive.
- Messages integration: Group FaceTime is integrated into the Messages app, making it easy to start a Group FaceTime right from a group iMessage chat.
- Automatic detection of active speakers: FaceTime has been fitted with an AI capability to display the most prominent speaker on a call. The current speakers are highlighted by being brought to the front. The image of each person is automatically sized depending on how active they are in the ongoing conversation and their duration of speech. The inactive participants are displayed at the bottom until they speak. A simple tap is enough to bring a participant to the front and center.
- Increased privacy: Just the same way WhatsApp uses encryption to protect the privacy of your conversations, FaceTime also has this capability. There is both one-to-one and multi-person encryption such that your conversations are retained only amongst the participants.
As Apple continues to improve its hardware and software, you can only expect its customer base to grow further.