How will FaceTime ensure that callers maintain eye contact?

Answer: By faking it.

by / July 8, 2019

Have you ever been in the middle of a FaceTime call and realized that the person you’re talking to isn’t looking you in the eyes? If so, you’re not alone, and Apple has reportedly come out with a way to fix that, but it’s a little creepy.

When using a smartphone for a video call, many people look at the other person’s image on the screen rather than the camera, giving the illusion that they aren’t looking the other person in the eye. That’s why there’s a feature in the beta version of iOS 13, Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, called “FaceTime Attention Correction.” When enabled, it makes it look as though a caller’s eyes are constantly looking into the camera, even when they’re not. Constantly.

Mashable reports that app designer Mike Rundle recently noticed and tested the feature. While the feature is successful in its goal, the images of it in action are a bit disconcerting.

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