Apple has delayed its “Group Face Time” feature that will allow up to 32 people simultaneously participate in video calls on iOS devices. As per a 9to5Mac report, Group Face Time will ship in a future update later this fall.
Apple’s delay to Group Face Time feature comes right after the company delayed its AirPlay 2 introduction in iOS. Apple initially discussed Group Face Time feature during WWDC in June. Group Face Time was one of the major feature updates in iOS 12.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering said during the WWDC event –
“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 Face Time.”
While this feature has been available to test in some of the earlier development versions of the software. Now Apple has decided that the feature is not ready for everyone to use.
The feature was announced to take on similar services like Google Hangouts and Microsoft-owned Skype. Apple is late to group video chats with Face Time.
As WhatsApp just launched its own group video calling feature that supports up to four people in a video call. Facebook’s own messenger app also supports group video chats.
Apple iOS 12 public rollout is expected in September. In September, the new iPhone X 2018 models will be announced.
Though the event dates have not officially been confirmed. Though the event is typically held in the first week of September every year.
When Group Face Time becomes official, it will be the application with support for a maximum number of participants. However, that support for a huge number of participants seems to be coming at a cost – delay. So if you were planning to use Group Face Time feature, then you can only hope that the feature does not come with an extended delay.