How to make group FaceTime calls with up to 32 people while social distancing due to coronavirus
- FaceTime is Apple's video chatting feature available on Apple products, and group FaceTime calls first became available in 2018.
- Communication tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen downloads spike as people are encouraged to stay in their homes due to the coronavirus.
- The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 15,000 people worldwide and infected more than 353,000, according to recent totals.
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With people forced to work and learn from home, apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack have seen spikes in downloads and usage as they become essential to daily life.Apple first introduced FaceTime video calling with the iPhone 4 in 2010 and has since expanded it to other Apple products including the Mac and iPad. In 2018, Apple announced group FaceTime, which would allow up to 32 people into a call.Advertisement
As of Monday, COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease, has infected more than 349,000 people worldwide, and has killed more than 15,000.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines, and other breakdowns in movement. New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington state, among other US locations, have closed bars and restaurants except for takeout as experts warn about the importance of social distancing in slowing the spread of the virus.
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