Apple & # 39; s doubling of AR features in iOS 12 and iOS 13. The augmented reality framework of the iPhone got a major overhaul with ARKit 2 and ARKit 3, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. While the updated API tools will help developers create better interactive apps, there's another new AR feature that regular users will enjoy: Animoji in FaceTime.
Animoji, first introduced with the iPhone X in iOS 11, has become a big part of the Apple experience. With iOS 12, four new Animoji have been introduced, and a new feature called Memoji lets you create a custom Animoji in your likeness – much like a Bitmoji with Snapchat filter-like face registration. Better yet, you can use the new Animoji, Memoji and more in live video chats via FaceTime.
First, there are some basic requirements you should know. Since this is an iOS 12 feature, you have to use Apple's latest mobile operating system before you can try it. The developer preview should be available in a day, after which the general public can install iOS 12 by jumping on the beta program shortly after.
Even with the right software, there are some hardware requirements to use these features. Animoji and Memoji in particular need an iPhone X. Other functions, such as AR stickers, can be applied to any Apple device with iOS 12 or higher, including iPads.
If you just want to skip the next paragraph to hit an Animoji on your face while you are making a video call. But if you want to apply a Memoji, you have to create one in the Messages app first.
Tap the App Store icon in any Messages thread, then select the Animoji icon. From there go to the end of the Animoji list and press the + button. You will now be guided in creating your own Memoji.
Now that everything is ready, open the FaceTime app and start a conversation as you normally would. You can even use your Animoji or Memoji in the new group chats for FaceTime, so doesn't have as a one-to-one video call.
Next, tap on the small rectangular inlay in the bottom right corner that shows your own face in the video call. This brings up a set of controls where you will notice a ton of stickers and filters that you can apply to your camera feed. But the Animoji option is the first in this list, so tap on that.
From here you can scroll through the list of available Animoji and your Memoji will be at the very end of this list. Selecting one of these options will apply the overlay to your face in real time, so you can move and talk as you normally would, but you have an Animoji face.
You can even combine stickers with your Animoji face overlay. In other words, you could hit a sticker somewhere in the background of the frame, and your iPhone's AR functions would keep it in place as you move. Meanwhile, your face is replaced by an Animoji. Anyone in the FaceTime conversation can use Animoji exactly the same!
What do you think of Animoji in FaceTime? A little creepy, a sign of humanity's continued detachment from society, or just a fun feature? Let us know in the comment section below.
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