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Apple is Correcting Eye Contact in FaceTime with iOS 13

Every now and then, a company will release a feature that seems like straight-up black magic. With iOS 13, Apple will be doing just that.

The latest beta version of the upcoming software upgrade for iPhone and iPad owners enables a new feature which will correct your eye contact while on a FaceTime call. Typically, with any video call, you’re forced to either look at your screen and not at the person on the other line or at your camera and not be able to see who you’re talking to. But with iOS 13 and iPadOS, as you look at your friend’s face on the screen, your device will automatically make it seem like you’re looking at whoever you’re speaking with. Mike Rundle and Will Sigmon on Twitter shared the following example.

As you can see, through the magic of software, Apple is able to make it look like you’re looking directly at the person on the other end opposed to looking downward at your screen. Right now, the feature is only available on the iPhone XS and XS Max, but it could reach the XR or even the 2017 iPhone X by the time iOS 13 is released.

For those of you wondering, it appears Apple is using ARKit to automatically adjust the positioning of your eyeballs. Dave Schukin shared an example on Twitter.

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