FaceTime might get five-way video calls on iOS 11

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FaceTime merely supports two-way chat as of iOS 10.
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One of the pavilion features of iOS 11 could be group FaceTime calls.

According to Israeli website The Verifier , Apple is reportedly working on an update to FaceTime, which will allow up to five people to simultaneously video chat with each other.

Users will also be able to start group FaceTime calls directly through group chats in iMessage, such reports says.

Group video chats would be a welcome addition to FaceTime, supposed iOS 11 will certainly not arrive until the fall when the iPhone 8( or “iPhone X”) is expected to make its debut.

Since its release in 2010, FaceTime has helped build two-way video calls as ubiquitous as voice calls. Skype may have popularized video calling on desktop in the early 2000 s, but it’s FaceTime and its push into pop culture that has helped mainstream the technology.( Like that time Selena Gomez stopped a concert to FaceTime a fan or that time Jennifer Lawrence surprised students on FaceTime to encourage them to vote .)

But while FaceTime is arguably the smoothest and easiest video chat platform, vying apps and services have outshone it. Skype added group video chats last year, and the teen-friendly Houseparty also supports video chats with up to five people at once.

An update to FaceTime that adds group video calls will be a big deal for most people, but for some it’ll just be catchup.

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