New API in iOS 17.4 to Block Gestures in Video Apps by Default

Exciting Features Coming to Apple’s iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Systems

On February 8, IT Home reported that Apple is enhancing the FaceTime and other video conferencing app experiences in the upcoming iOS/iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma system updates. One of the key highlights is the ability to respond to user gestures during video calls, creating a more immersive 3D effect on the screen.

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For instance, users can use two thumbs to display fireworks on the screen or make a victory sign with their hands to shower the screen with confetti. IT Home provided a visual guide to these interactive gestures:

Interactive Gestures

Unfortunately, many users are unaware that this new feature is enabled by default, leading to awkward moments during important video calls such as online therapy sessions or business meetings.

According to information obtained by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris, alongside the release of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4, Apple also introduced a new API that allows video conferencing apps to disable gesture interactions by default within their applications. It remains unconfirmed whether Apple will provide this API for macOS 14.4 as well.

iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and macOS 14.4 are currently in the testing phase, with the software updates expected to be released in March.

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