iOS 12 Initial Release Will Not Ship With Group FaceTime

One of the major features of iOS 12 is the ability to make group calls on FaceTime. Announced back at Apple’s WWDC 2018, Group FaceTime will allow up to 32 people to participate in video calls on iOS devices. However, according to a new report, Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and is now expected to ship with a future software update later this fall. “Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch in September,” a 9to5mac report added.

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In the latest iOS 12 Developer Beta 7 and macOS Mojave Developer Beta 7, Apple removed the Group FaceTime Calling feature. The Cupertino-based company revealed its plans to add the feature back later this year.

Apple described “Group FaceTime” feature in June during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference in the US. “We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, said during the event.

The feature was announced to take on similar services like Google Hangouts and the Microsoft-owned Skype. iOS 12 is designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive.

iOS 12, which will be announced at the upcoming September event of Apple will not ship with any drastic changes. In the past, Apple stated that iOS 12 is all about speed and making the user experience better and faster. In other news, Apple is rumoured to launch three new iPhones at its September event, but the company is yet to send invites for the same.

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