Are you locked into the Apple ecosystem because of iMessage?

Ecosystems aren’t new. And companies trying to “lock” customers into them isn’t, either. Companies want retention, customers that stick around. Finding ways to make that happen is crucial. And yet, some people still appear be shocked by this.

Apple has added FaceTime and iMessage frameworks to Apple TV and HomePod amid new smart speaker rumors

Earlier today, there was a report circling that said Apple is developing new HomePod smart speakers. And not just a replacement for the original HomePod that Apple has discontinued. No, these devices will reportedly feature screens and cameras in some capacity.

How to respond with text to FaceTime calls on iPad

FaceTime Call on iPad Respond with Text

FaceTime Call on iPad Respond with Text

You can set up your iPhone to respond to phone calls with a text if you’re unable to answer. This is a good way to acknowledge the call and let the caller know that you’ll get back to them later, ask them to email you, or numerous other things. But what if you’re using your iPad when a call comes in?

Just like the Phone app on iPhone, the FaceTime app on iPad allows you to set up Respond with Text. You can create one or more text responses and then send the one you want if you’re unable to answer the call. Here, we’ll show you how to set up Respond with Text in FaceTime on iPad.

Apple finally brings FaceTime Video in 1080p resolution over Wi-Fi to older iPhones

Although Apple’s official release notes for the iOS 14.2 software make no mention of any significant FaceTime improvements, Brazilian blog MacMagazine has managed to discover that the update enables support for FaceTime video calling in crisp 1080p resolution (1,920-by-1,080 pixels) over Wi-Fi on all iPhone models from the iPhone 8 onward.

How to use compact calls on iPhone and iPad

Compact calls iPhone iPad - hero image

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 show incoming calls in a compact banner at the top rather than taking up the whole screen like before. Follow this tutorial to learn how to use the compact UI for calls on your iPhone and iPad, switch between banner-style and fullscreen calls and more.

How to disable FaceTime eye contact correction

FaceTime eye contact correction hero image

A cool FaceTime eye contact correction feature helps you establish eye contact even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera. If you find this feature a bit unsettling, do follow along with our tutorial that will walk you through the steps to disable it entirely.

Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.5 with COVID-19 exposure notification, Face ID improvements & more

Apple has been seeding beta versions of iOS 13.5 (which started as iOS 13.4.5) for weeks now, but the company has finally released the latest software update for the mobile operating system to the public.

How to disable moving faces in group FaceTime

moving faces group FaceTime Automatic Prominence tutorial

When you’re using group FaceTime, the tile of the person speaking is automatically enlarged. The idea is to provide some context and prevent losing track of the conversation. In reality, moving faces in group FaceTime add up to the confusion because person tiles get bounced around as multiple chat participants start speaking over one another. Thankfully, Apple gives us the option to stop automatic enlarging for person tiles. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial if you’d like to learn how to disable moving faces in group FaceTime calls.