FaceTime is set to make its debut on Apple TV with the introduction of tvOS 17. The upcoming update will bring a dedicated FaceTime app to Apple TV, enabling users to engage in video calls on their television screens using the camera on their iPhone or iPad.
Apple is leveraging its Continuity camera feature to seamlessly connect the FaceTime app on Apple TV with the user’s iPhone or iPad. This means that users can initiate or receive FaceTime calls on their Apple TV and even transfer ongoing calls from their iPhone to the television.
The FaceTime interface on Apple TV has been intelligently designed to prioritize the speakers, ensuring that they are centered in the frame. Moreover, if additional participants join the call, the interface automatically adjusts the frame accordingly. Users can enjoy all the familiar FaceTime effects available on their phones, and with SharePlay support, they can even watch movies and TV shows simultaneously with friends and family, thanks to a side-by-side interface.
Apple is also opening up opportunities for developers to leverage the Continuity Camera API for Apple TV. This means that popular video calling apps like Zoom and WebEx can utilize the cameras on the iPhone and iPad and develop their own tvOS apps.
The new FaceTime app for Apple TV will be included as part of the upcoming tvOS 17 update, scheduled for release later this year.