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iOS 13's FaceTime will apparently fake eye contact

Apple is trying to make video calls a little more intimate, it seems.

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Apple's FaceTime video chats might feel more real soon.

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Apple's third iOS 13 developer beta adds a FaceTime feature that'll fake eye contact during video calls, according to app designer Mike Rundle. Toggling the FaceTime Attention Correction setting makes it look like you're looking directly into the camera, even though you're really looking at the screen and the person you're talking to.

Rundle apparently tested the feature with podcaster Will Sigmon, who noted that it's only working on the iPhone XS, XS Max and "maybe" the cheaper XR. The 2017 iPhone X apparently doesn't support the feature.

You've probably been unnerved by the fact that the person you're talking to during FaceTime video calls always seems to be looking down slightly, since they're looking at the image of you on screen rather than at their camera. We don't know what trickery Apple is using for the Attention Correction feature, but it sounds pretty impressive.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

If you're looking for iOS 13 features to try right now, Apple added some nice Wi-Fi and Bluetooth shortcuts too.

First published at 4:15 a.m. PT.
Updated at 4:48 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.

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