Anyone with a cell phone has probably suffered through a few group texts with your squad that got a little too chaotic. Well, next time group chat drama arises, FaceTime may be able to help. You may soon be able to get your whole crew on FaceTime with the click of a button.
There are no guarantees, but there’s a rumor making its way around the internet that Apple’s next major iPhone software update, iOS 11, will introduce the much needed group FaceTime feature. Israeli website The Verifier is reporting that multi-person FaceTime — which can supposedly host up to five people at once — will be one of several new upgrades hitting iPhones everywhere in June.
“The next update, iOS 11, will include several new features, one of which is able to make a call multi-user video service FaceTime,” reads The Verifier‘s article, as translated from Hebrew. “According to information reaching the site, the next update for iOS 11, will be a more ‘social’ update that will put an emphasis primarily on chats on iMessage and FaceTime.”
And The Verifier isn’t the only source in the world of tech predicting the arrival of group FaceTime. Several other news outlets, including MacRumors and Mashable also picked up on the tip.
Apple’s alleged move toward the social seems to be a bit of a trend. The tech giant’s last major iPhone operating system update, iOS 10, added tons of new social features to iMessage. Users suddenly had access to dozens of new emoji, and the ability to send messages with special effects like fireworks or balloons, more easily take and send photos to friends, and more. So if group FaceTime is in the cards, it’s only further proof that the iPhone is the social butterfly’s go-to communication device.
Here’s hoping this rumor is true — and that your squad doesn’t have more than five people.