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Everyone is making jokes about Apple’s FaceTime group calls

Do you even know 31 people?

 

Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Jun 5, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 2:16 pm CDT

Apple announced a whole slew of new features for iPhone iOS 12 and the Apple Watch OS 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday. Highlights included increased performance when opening the iPhone camera, apps, and using the keyboard, as well as finally introducing grouped notifications to declutter your lock screen. A new screen time feature will also allow users to monitor how much time they spend using individual apps, and provide a weekly breakdown of usage habits.

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But not all of the new features unveiled to such acclaim. Many were quick to roll their eyes at Apple’s new Animoji and Memoji—the company’s apparent take on the popular Bitmoji. The new feature that seems to be receiving the most ire, however, is group FaceTime video calls.

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In addition to being able to use interactive Animoji and Memoji characters in place of yourself, FaceTime will now allow a whopping 32 users to get on one call together. All of the participants in the call will still have their own video bubbles, which will expand when any one individual begins to speak. Thankfully, users are free to drop in and out of the call after being added.

If you think this sounds like a headache waiting to happen, well, you’re not alone. The feature was quickly panned in tech pieces and on Twitter, which featured some of the more creative criticisms, jokes, and memes.

https://twitter.com/IamKickz/status/1003713311626661890

https://twitter.com/tyfromclt_/status/1003705969052995584

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https://twitter.com/vrethren/status/1003735531203715073

Many pointed out the obvious, which is: who among us even has 31 people to chat with in the first place??

https://twitter.com/jpbrammer/status/1003715847536435202

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https://twitter.com/murdermaterial/status/1003698664735432704

Others cracked jokes about the viral footage of the Cavaliers getting benched in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on Sunday night.

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It remains to be seen whether or not this new group FaceTime feature will run smoothly when iOS 12 launches later this year. One has to imagine that at the very least, there may be a few bugs to be ironed out.

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*First Published: Jun 5, 2018, 11:14 am CDT