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During WWDC21, Apple announced that FaceTime would be migrating from the iPhone, iPad, and Mac to the web. Not only does this mean FaceTime can take on Zoom, but it also opens up FaceTime to Android and Windows PC users.
With these changes, Apple is turning FaceTime into a video calling service that could eventually compete with Zoom.
Just like Zoom, the upcoming version of FaceTime allows you to create a link to a scheduled call so that everyone can join at the same time.
You also can create a virtual watch party using the new SharePlay feature. With SharePlay, you can share songs, videos, or even your screen with a group of people.
Besides coming to the web, Apple also made a handful of other changes to FaceTime.
The calling service also is getting a new grid view option, new Spatial Audio support, and a sound quality option to isolate your voice which is helpful in noisy environments.
If you want to conceal what is behind you, FaceTime now will have the ability to blur your background when in Portrait mode.
Apple didn’t provide a confirmed release date, but we expect these features will be bundled into iOS 15. Like it has done in the past, Apple will launch its next version of iOS this fall alongside its new iPhone models.