YOUR iPhone has a nifty tool that makes it look like you’re staring directly at the other caller during FaceTime chats.
The setting cleverly alters your face in real-time so it appears you’re looking straight into the front-facing camera, rather than your screen.
Your iPhone can make your eyes appear as if they’re looking directly at the person you’re calling on Facetime
Called Facetime Attention Correction, the feature helps make calls with family and friends feel a bit more personal.
To activate it, head to Settings > Facetime > Eye Contact. You can toggle the tool on or off as you please.
When activated, your iPhone will automatically adjust your eyeline whenever you’re on a Facetime call.
Facetime Attention Correction was introduced with the iOS 14 software update rolled out to iPhone users last year.
Facetime callers often appear as though they’re looking at their screen rather than directly at the other callerCredit: Getty – Contributor
The system appears to use ARCore – the same iPhone tech behind animoji – to digitally fake the position of your pupils.
It was first spotted by eagle-eyed users in a beta version of iOS 13, but then briefly disappeared before Apple launched the setting worldwide.
Facetime Attention Correction was first tweeted about by app designer Mike Rundle in 2019.
He said: “Haven’t tested this yet, but if Apple uses some dark magic to move my gaze to seem like I’m staring at the camera and not at the screen I will be flabbergasted. (New in beta 3!).”
Called Facetime Attention Correction, the setting helps make calls with family and friends feel a bit more personalCredit: EPA
Beta versions of software are works in progress that users can download if they want to test out the latest features that the company is trialling.
It’s not the only handy iPhone tool introduced by Apple in iOS 14.
Another known as “back tap” allows users to take a screenshot just by prodding the rear of their mobile.
The feature also allows you to change the volume, zoom in on part of the screen, and scroll up and down.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
To enable back tap, head to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap.
You can then assign actions to both double and triple touch actions.
Tap the back of your mobile two or three times to perform your chosen response.
You can turn back tap off any time by following those same steps.
In other news, check out our review of the iPhone 12 Mini.
And here are the best apps and games of 2020 for your iPhone or Android.
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