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Written by Nick Heer.

FaceTime Attention Correction in iOS 13 Fixes Apparent Eye Positioning During Video Calls

Rachel England, Engadget:

The feature, called FaceTime Attention Correction, is part of the latest iOS 13 beta, and appears to use advanced image manipulation to make video-based eye contact appear more natural. It was discovered by app designer Mike Rundle, who tested it out with tech enthusiast Will Sigmon. You can see the feature in action below. It looks like it’s only available on the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but that likely means future iterations of the iPhone will get it as standard, helping you to completely maximise your FaceTime game.

Video calling always looks a bit unnatural, whether on a smartphone or on a desktop computer, because you’re either looking at the participant onscreen or at the camera — you can’t do both. It’s the kind of thing that can make it feel like participants are not paying attention to each other. This is one of those apparently simple but profound changes that feels very Apple-y.