iPhone feature on Xbox but not on Apple TV: is that possible?

iPhone feature on Xbox but not on Apple TV: is that possible?

There is an iPhone feature on the Xbox that Apple denies customers on their own set-top box. How can this be, what is it all about? The statement reveals an obvious flaw in the Apple TV.

If you want to make a video call via FaceTime , you need an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac. Recently, however, it also works with Android smartphones, Windows PCs and generally any device that has a Chrome or Edge browser and a camera connection.

Not just on the iPhone: FaceTime and Xbox

The Reddit user "u/JavonTEvans" is now taking advantage of this fact, explaining in a post how he managed to activate FaceTime on the Xbox Series S (source: Reddit). In a nutshell: A Logitech C930 webcam is connected to the games console. Now all they have to do is open the shared link for a FaceTime conversation from the email app and they're good to go. Good to know: Within iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey it is easy to create links for a FaceTime conference. The other person can then take part in the browser, a separate FaceTime app for Windows, Android and Co. is not necessary.

FaceTime has gained even more features with the current system update:

The flaw: Apple TV does not support FaceTime

However, anyone who tries the same thing with the Apple TV will fail. Because neither FaceTime nor a browser runs directly on the set-top box, and an external webcam cannot be connected either. The only way out: "Beam" an active FaceTime conversation to the Apple TV using AirPlay, but then only the screen is mirrored, so it's not a "real" solution.

So if you want to make FaceTime calls on your TV, you won't find any help on the Apple TV - a flaw. But maybe Apple will make improvements soon? The iPhone maker is rumored to be working on a device that combines an Apple TV and a HomePod , which could also have camera support for FaceTime calls. But this is not really certain. Until the possible presentation, owners of an Xbox obviously have an advantage and the Apple TV is at a disadvantage.


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