With a new feature called Group FaceTime, up to 32 people will be able to chat online together, Appleat its developer conference.
The change is significant for a video chat service that right now only connects pairs of people. Group chats are useful for friends jumping online together, family member chatting and business meetings with distant coworkers. The changes come with.
"This year FaceTime is going to take a big leap forward," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, at Apple'sin San Jose. "It helps us deepen our connection with people wherever they are."
In addition, FaceTime also lets you use Animoji, Apple's 3D augmented reality cartoon faces that track your your own with an iPhone X front-facing camera, Federighi said. And Group FaceTime is integrated with group Messages chats so you can take a text chat into the video chat.
FaceTime competes with other chat tools like Microsoft's Skype and Google's Hangouts, which already offer group-chat abilities. Unlike those rivals, though, it only works on Apple hardware -- Macs, iPads and iPhones.
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