August 14, 2018
Apple is delaying group FaceTime calls, one of the most-anticipated features in the next iOS
- Apple delayed Group FaceTime, a software feature in the forthcoming iOS 12 that will enable video calls with 32 different people at the same time.
- Apple’s official release notes: “Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall.”
The latest beta of iOS 12 doesn’t include one of the banner features Apple promised for the iPhone and iPad earlier this summer: Group FaceTime.
Apple says that Group FaceTime will let you have a group video chat with up to 31 friends at once. However, that feature won’t be available with iOS 12 once it comes out later this year.
From Apple’s official iOS release notes, dated August 13: “Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall.”
Apple will launch FaceTime group calling for 32 simultaneous people; and it will be simply a killer feature that is going to be used like crazy by employees. A consideration to think about is that we know that 1 minute of standard definition voice (non-video) is 1 mb / min on the assumption only 2 parties are engaged in a conversation. What happens if you had 32 people all on a call; does this mean 16 mb / min?
We further know that Apple has Ultra High Definition (UHD) video built in to its cameras; which are being used to transmit video calls. Based on Netflix’s own calculations around 1 hour of UHD consuming 7 gig / hour (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6434980637433831424) or 119.5 mb / min. Does this mean 1 minute of 32 people at UHD translate into 3,824 mb / min?
Apple is delaying group FaceTime calls, one of the most-anticipated features in the next iOSBack