Ever wanted to call your friends and greet them as a koala bear? No? Well you’re going to be able to anyway.
Apple is updating its FaceTime video calling app as part of its iOS 12 launch later this year, and it includes some AR features. Along with support for group video calls (finally) that support up to 32 users (!), you’ll now be able to animate yourself as a range of critters, utilizing the new face-scanning technology that’s being implemented in the iOS update like tongue recognition.
We saw these effects at work on-stage during Apple’s WWDC presentation today. With the tap of a button, everyone of a group call was transformed into animals, including tigers, koalas and a unicorn. Their words were accurately lip synced and, although you could see user’s faces momentarily reappear due to slight glitches, it looked like a lot of fun.
Not only that, but you’ll also be able to turn yourself into the Memoji that Apple also introduced today, which is an emoji that looks like a cartoonish version of yourself and is fully customizable. This feature was introduced with the help of Apple CEO Tim Cook.