Are you a FaceTime junky? My wife and I recently had our first child and FaceTime has officially become the way my family likes to communicate long distance with us. This amazing feature we’ve been able to use on our iPhone and iPad’s for years now has really helped people stay connected over long distances. There’s a way to make your next FaceTime session even better.
In most cases, your screen will be just enough space to FaceTime with a friend or family member. For those cases when it isn’t, like we’ve been experiencing lately, there’s a feature you can use to get more people in the frame and save your arm from tiring after continually panning the room to get everyone in the shot. There is a catch though, you need Apple TV ($99).
To use this feature, initiate a FaceTime call as you normally would and then swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your device to access the iOS 7 Control Center. From here select the AirPlay option and select the device you wish to connect to. In order to view your FaceTime call on your television, you must enable AirPlay Mirroring on your Apple TV.
Move your iPhone or iPad to an optimal position above or below your television so the caller can see everyone. If you’re unable to place your device above or below the television, try to get it as near to it as possible so it appears everyone is looking at or near the device. If you don’t do this, it looks as though everyone is looking away from the caller, which just looks and feels awkward.
There are so many features hidden in our iOS devices and you can spend days trying to discover new ones. Once you find those you like, it’s hard to imagine how you ever lived without a certain feature. I’ve always enjoyed peeling back the layers of iOS and if you do too, make sure and follow pocketfullofapps on Twitter or like our Facebook page so you can stay up to date on everything Apple. Please feel free to follow me, Jeremy “the Critic”, via the links below to discover more features you can enjoy on your iPhone or iPad.
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Jeremy “the Critic” writes for and owns iOS Etc. He’s a United States Air Force veteran, an air traffic controller, and an Apple fanboy. One day he hopes to expose the world to a groundbreaking iOS application from an unknown independent developer. In his mind, it’s important we share someones hard work with the world if it deserves the recognition. You can follow iOS Etc on Twitter as well as Facebook and read more about him here. Want to connect with Jeremy? Feel free to send him an e-mail or add him on LinkedIn.