Apple Removes FaceTime Group Calls from Latest iOS 12 and macOS Mojave Betas; Feature Will Launch ‘Later This Fall’

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When Apple introduced iOS 12 earlier this year, it did so with one of the major feature additions being the ability to connect with up to 32 different people in a single FaceTime video call.

And while that feature has been live in the previous beta seeds of the iOS 12 software up to this point, that is no longer the case. Earlier on Monday, Apple seeded the seventh beta of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave to registered developers, and, at the same time, removed the group calling feature within FaceTime for both operating systems.

According to the release notes, Apple says the feature will “ship in a future software update later this fall”, but does not go into any specific details. Apple is not also opening up as to why it is removing the feature from the betas, nor why it has decided to push back the public launch of the feature. As it stands right now, it looks like group calling in FaceTime will be arriving sometime after the public launch of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

Group FaceTime calls allow users to add 32 people into a single call. It’s an interesting addition, and one that Samsung actually recently took a swing at in one of its most recent “Ingenius” ads.

Is group calling in FaceTime one of the features in iOS 12 you are most looking forward to?

Our Take

Not having much information to go on here, it sounds like Apple just wants to keep tweaking the formula a bit. Pulling the feature from the beta process must mean it wants to iron out a few key elements in its final stages. Hopefully folks who are looking forward to this particular feature don’t have to wait too long after the public launch of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to use it.