Group video calls on FaceTime are finally here, but you may be left out if you have one of these older Apple devices

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  • FaceTime can now support video chats for up to 32 participants, thanks to the iOS 12.1 update that was released earlier this week.
  • However, Apple’s website reveals a catch: users with iPhones older than the iPhone 6s and certain iPad models won’t be able to broadcast video, thought they will still be able to communicate with audio.

The latest update to Apple devices lets you FaceTime with up to 31 other people simultaneously, but some older generation iPhones and iPads will miss out.

To participate in group FaceTime calls, your device must be an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Pro or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4. The caveat on Apple website’s guide to using Group FaceTime was discovered by MacRumors.

If you have an earlier model of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can still join in as an audio-only participant.

The ability to group video chat is a feature of iOS 12.1, which was made available for Apple devices on October 30. The upgraded FaceTime also includes face and lens filters, stickers, and Animoji and Memoji.

Group FaceTime was initially supposed to launch with Apple’s iOS 12, which was released to iPhones and iPads in September. However,Apple said in August it was delaying the feature’s release, and that group chat would “ship in a future software update later this fall.”

The ability to group video chat has already been widely available through other apps, including Google Hangout, Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp, and Houseparty (which hit its viral peak in 2016).

You can update to the latest version of iOS by going to Settings > General >Software Update.

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