Apple TV with Camera May Feature FaceTime Capability with tvOS 17

Apple TV with Camera May Feature FaceTime Capability with tvOS 17

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The upcoming Apple TV device might include a built-in camera for FaceTime and other video calling applications, according to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg.

The tvOS 17 update has added the FaceTime app to Apple TV, allowing users to make video calls using the rear camera on a connected iPhone or iPad.

If the Apple TV device does come with a built-in camera, users will no longer need to rely on an external device.

In today’s Power On newsletter, Gurman said that the camera-equipped Apple TV will support “gesture-based control elements,” but he did not provide any further details.

Apple TV with Camera May Feature FaceTime Capability with tvOS 17

With updates like iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, and tvOS 17, you can use hand gestures during video calls in the FaceTime app and other video calling applications to fill the screen with 3D effects.

For example, you can raise your thumbs to display fireworks on the screen or make peace signs with your hands to show paper clippings.

It’s unclear whether Gurman is referring to this feature or if there are entirely new gesture-based controls for the tvOS operating system in general.

Gurman previously reported that a new Apple TV device will be released in the first half of 2024, but it’s unclear whether a camera will be added to this specific model or if it’s still distant.

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