All the iOS users out there, not a great news for you guys. As one of the most anticipated feature of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave group facetime will not arrive this fall.
As Apple announced group FaceTime at WWDC and got everyone excited. Apple hyped it as a seamless way to video chat with up to 32 people simultaneously. Developer Guilherme Rambo broke the news that the feature has been removed in the latest iOS 12 beta 7 release today. Reading from a note from Apple to developers, posted by Rambo.
But that group FaceTime was buggy and broken anyways in the first beta, with reported issues like lags and distorted audio. Its good that apple is delaying it instead of publishing a broken app. Apple dont want FaceTime to go in the repeat list, where a new software feature either doesn’t work or works poorly when released.
We have literally tons of alternatives for group FaceTime. WhatsApp just launched its group video calling feature that supports up to 4 people. Messenger app from Facebook have group video chats. Skype is in this business for a long time. Houseparty is one another great example of group video calling. Users have tons of options to choose from and this news shouldn’t hurt the FaceTime users that much.
This isn’t the first time apple is doing this, remember the Messages in iCloud feature that was announced for iOS11 in September 2017 which was not available until late May 2018.