Video calls have become the new normal; why just talk when you can meet each other face to face. Unfortunately, you couldn’t see each other eye to eye; unless you stare directly at the camera. But then you are not looking at the person, and that beats the whole point. Thankfully, Apple is using AR to manage the issue, and here’s how you can use iOS 14 FaceTime eye contact on your iPhone.
What is Facetime Eye Contact and How It Works?
During a video call, you don’t stare at the front-facing camera placed at the top edge. Understandably, we look at the screen, which gives the other party an illusion that looking slightly below eye level.
Facetime Eye Contact mixes augmented reality and advanced computer vision techniques to fix the problem. It artificially moves your eye at the camera level, generating a feeling of direct contact.
Apple initially tested the feature first in iOS 13 and dubbed it as Attention Correction. But it got scrapped for some reason and returns in iOS 14 as Facetime Eye Contact.
Arkit 3 Compatible Devices
Notably, the technology won’t work with all iPhones and iPads. It needs ARKit 3 framework compatibility, which is only available on these devices as of now:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- 11″ & 12.9″ 2018 iPad Pro
How to Turn ON or OFF FaceTime Eye Contact in iOS 14
If you have a supported device running on iOS 14, the Eye Contact feature is enabled by default. And while it seems a thoughtful feature, it might come across a bit creepy at times.
Majorly because we are used to the old style, it gives a perception that the caller is looking at the camera. So, if you don’t like to stare at your callers, you can disable the FaceTime Eye Contact like this:
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and select FaceTime from the menu.
- Here, swipe down to the Eye Contact option and turn the Toggle Off.
And it’s that simple! If you want to enable the feature anytime, just repeat the steps and toggle on the switch.
I have often stated that, and now would like to iterate it, Apple thinks about all the details. And while we are ok with not looking into the eyes of our video caller, eye contact does make all the difference. Especially in the given times when meeting in person is a bit difficult and risky.
Here are some more iOS 14 features that illustrate the thoughtful of the tech giant: