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iOS 11 to introduce group FaceTime video calling


iOS 11 could herald the arrival of a highly-requested feature for iPhones and iPads as per a new report. Group FaceTime video calls could finally be a reality in Apple’s next software release.

Several people familiar with iOS development apparently told Israeli site The Verifier that Apple’s iOS 11 team was working on group FaceTime calls. Some of this effort is supposedly taking place in Israel, hence the leak. The new feature is rumored to be part of a social update that shifts focus to iMessage and FaceTime development.

Users are seemingly going to be able to start multi-person calls with up to 5 people. They might get to initiate it via group chat in iMessage. The publication cautions that Apple may not opt to roll out group FaceTime calls in iOS 11, perhaps opting to release it in a future upgrade.

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FaceTime has been restricted to one-on-one conversations ever since its introduction all the way back in 2010. Allowing people to video chat with multiple people at the same time would go a long way in helping Apple catch up with competitors like Microsoft’s Skype and Google Hangouts.

Apple usually previews its latest iOS version at the Worldwide Developers Conference which is likely set to take place in June 2017. iOS 11 will probably get launched alongside the brand’s next series of iPhones in fall 2017.

It should be noted that The Verifier is not a recognized name in the world of rumors, so its claims may or may not be accurate. Little is known about iOS 11 at this point of time, with iOS 10.3 being the main focus of attention right now.