Secret iPhone ‘hand signals’ let you send hidden effects to your mates over FaceTime – including confetti and fireworks

APPLE has quietly introduced secret “hand signals” that iPhone owners can use on FaceTime to trigger 3D augmented effects.

The fun feature is one of many in iOS 17, which is launching in a few days (September 18).

Advanced effects aren't the only FaceTime benefit coming with iOS 17 on Monday


Advanced effects aren’t the only FaceTime benefit coming with iOS 17 on MondayPhoto credit: Apple

Apple’s native video calling app adopts iMessage’s popular Reaction feature.

But instead of secret phrases, it is triggered by hand signals.

Users can add a reaction that fills the camera frame with a 3D effect.

For example, a “thumbs up” can cause confetti or hearts to rain down, or fireworks to explode.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind with this feature.

First, it’s part of iOS 17, which rolls out to iPhones on Monday – so it’s not available yet.

According to Apple, it also only works when the front camera is in use.

Finally, the feature will only be available on iPhone 12 models and later.

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Advanced effects aren’t the only FaceTime benefit coming with iOS 17 on Monday.

Facemails are finally here… FaceTime voicemails.

With iOS 17, Apple fans can record a video or audio message when someone misses their FaceTime call.

FaceTime will also be compatible with Apple TVs.

However, the new benefits for iPhones don’t just stop at FaceTime.

The upgrade includes iMessage, widgets, the keyboard, and even a whole new Apple-native app.

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