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Apple’s Group FaceTime video calls aren’t available on some older iPhones, iPads



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  • FaceTime can now support
    video chats for up to 32 participants
    , thanks to the iOS
    12.1 update that was released earlier this week.
  • However,
    Apple’s website
    reveals a catch: users with iPhones older
    than the iPhone 6s and certain iPad models won’t be able to
    broadcast video, thought they’ll still be able to communicate
    with audio.

latest update to Apple devices
lets you FaceTime with up to
31 other people simultaneously, but some older generation iPhones
and iPads will miss out.

To participate in group FaceTime calls, your device must be an
iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini
4. The caveat on Apple website’s
to using Group FaceTime was discovered
by MacRumors.

If you have an earlier model of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch,
you can still join in as an audio-only participant.

The ability to group video chat is a feature of iOS 12.1, which
was made available for Apple devices on October 30. The
upgraded FaceTime also includes
face and lens filters,
stickers, and Animoji and Memoji.

Group FaceTime was initially supposed to launch with Apple’s iOS
12, which
was released to iPhones and iPads
in September. However,

Apple said in August
it was delaying the feature’s release,
and that group chat would “ship in a future software update
later this fall.”

The ability to group video chat has already been widely
available through other apps, including Google Hangout,
, Skype, WhatsApp, and

(which hit its viral peak in 2016).

You can update to the latest version of iOS by going to
Settings > General >
Software Update.

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