Apple released its latest software updates in iOS 17 and tvOS 17 yesterday. Perhaps one of the most notable features for both operating systems is the new ability to FaceTime on Apple TV 4Ks. Apple originally unveiled the FaceTime feature back in June, but it’s now available.
Users can make calls directly from their Apple TV 4K or hand off a call already in progress on an iPhone or iPad. Later this year, Apple plans to add support for video conferencing apps Zoom and Cisco’s Webex. FaceTime, and future video chat apps, will use Apple’s Continuity Camera support to improve the camera and microphones on connected iOS devices.
The update will apply to second and third generation Apple TV 4Ks as well as the iPhone XS and XR, or later. IPadOS 17 is compatible for iPad (6th generation or later), iPad mini (5th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation or later), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation or later), 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 11-inch iPad Pro (first generation or later.)
Over the last three years, video chat has become a staple in our daily lives, especially when we were locked down in our homes. The tvOS 17 update marks another step forward in the digital communication age whether it’s staying in touch with friends and family or navigating a hybrid work life.
The tvOS 17 update also includes a redesigned control center for easier navigation and a Siri Remote locator on iPhone to launch the Apple TV remote. Users will also get more interactivity with the karaoke-style feature Apple Music Sing and the Continuity Camera. The update lets users set curated photos as screensavers on their TVs and better enhances dialogue from background noise in shows or movies.