Video calls are usually pretty weird. You’re so used to making eye contact, we naturally look at the display showing the person on the other side. But because of this, you’re not looking at the camera. This then makes it look like you’re looking somewhere else when talking to whoever you video called. Apple’s iOS 13 has a feature that addresses this issue during FaceTime calls.
It’s called Attention Correction, and it makes use of advanced image manipulation to push your gaze a little higher. This will also cause the warping of any object that comes in between your eyes and the front-facing camera, as demonstrated below.
How iOS 13 FaceTime Attention Correction works: it simply uses ARKit to grab a depth map/position of your face, and adjusts the eyes accordingly.
Notice the warping of the line across both the eyes and nose. pic.twitter.com/U7PMa4oNGN
— Dave Schukin 🤘 (@schukin) July 3, 2019
At any rate, this makes you look as if you were looking at the camera instead of the screen. With this, FaceTime calls will feel a little more natural, with the adjusted gaze making you look like you’re maintaining eye contact with the person on the other end.
Guys – "FaceTime Attention Correction" in iOS 13 beta 3 is wild.
— Will Sigmon (@WSig) July 2, 2019
Attention Correction is now available on the iOS 13 beta. That said, Engadget reports that it is only available on the iPhone XS and XS Max for now, while some Reddit users said it works with the iPhone XR and the iPad Pro as well. iOS 13 will leave the beta stage sometime in fall.