Testing the New FaceTime Attention Correction Feature in iOS 13

The most recent beta of iOS 13 was released yesterday, and it brought an interesting new "FaceTime Attention Correction" feature that changes the way that ‌FaceTime‌ works.

‌FaceTime‌ Attention Correction, when enabled, adjusts the set of your eyes so that it looks like you're making eye contact with the person you're FaceTiming even when you're looking at the iPhone's screen rather than the camera itself. It's a little difficult to explain, so we've made a hands-on video to demo how it works.

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When you're using ‌FaceTime‌, you naturally want to look at the display to see the other person you're talking to rather than the camera, which has the effect of making you look like you're not maintaining eye contact.

As can be seen in the video, iOS 13 corrects this and makes it so that when you're looking at the ‌iPhone‌'s screen, your gaze appears to be on the camera, allowing eye contact to maintained be maintained while still letting you keep your gaze on the friend or family member you're FaceTiming with.

In iOS 12 and with ‌FaceTime‌ Attention Correction disabled, ‌FaceTime‌ looks like it always does - with no direct eye contact.

‌FaceTime‌ Attention Correction appears to use an ARKit depth map captured through the front-facing TrueDepth camera to adjust where your eyes are looking for a more personal and natural connection with the person that you're talking to.

Twitter users have discovered the slight eye warping that Apple is using to enable the feature, which can be seen when an object like the arm of a pair of glasses is placed over the eyes.

You can access ‌FaceTime‌ Attention Correction on iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, iPhone XR, and 2018 iPad Pro models running the third developer beta of iOS 13. It's a setting that's available in the ‌FaceTime‌ section of the Settings app.

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16 months ago
The future is so fake in every way.
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16 months ago
I actually think this is pretty clever.
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16 months ago
where will this end? Removal of blemishes? Removal of wrinkles? No more receding hairline? How about looking 20lbs lighter by getting rid of chubby cheeks and double chins?
Why not just let a freaking animoji do the talking while you're taking a shower?
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16 months ago
Dunno what it is specifically—maybe just the angle—but it doesn't seem to make much of a difference when demoed in the video.

Creepy :(

Then leave it off.
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16 months ago
Creepy :(
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16 months ago
I agree this is quite creepy. My subconscious mind goes to great lengths to avoid direct eye contact in real life. Now, with the computer altering my appearance in ways I don't even realize, it's going to make people think either I like them more than I do, or that I am no where near as afraid of them as I am. What if it starts creeping them out as to how often I'm looking straight at them? I just don't know if I can deal with this kind of intimacy getting forced on me.
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