iOS 17 has been one of the updates with the most new features in recent years. Many of them have gone missing like the gesture reactions in apps connected to the camera. This function allows us to make reactions in FaceTime, for example, simply by making certain gestures with our hands. It is possible that if you did not know about this function, you may have had a mishap in a video call and not discovered why balloons or confetti appeared from your hands. Apple has found the solution to avoid these misunderstandings with gesture reactions forks launch an API to disable these reactions in third-party applications iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4.

Goodbye to misunderstandings with gesture reactions in iOS 17.4

As we said, iOS 17 launched what Apple called Video Effects, or what is the same gesture reactions in FaceTime and in other services or applications that use the camera. It is likely that during a call you have seen balloons appear with a thumbs up, hearts, rain or confetti. This is, evidently, due to the video effects that can be disabled in a little-known way from the iOS 17 control center. However, This deactivation is global and does not depend on applications so if we have the function activated, Reactions will also appear in third-party video apps.

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And this has caused many misunderstandings in video calls with third-party applications of varying importance. Imagine that you are in the middle of a business meeting and confetti appears on the screen or you are in the middle of a relaxation session and it starts to rain. This It also occurs in iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonama, so Apple has had to find a solution to try to avoid setbacks with this function.

To do this, as MacRumors reports, They will introduce an API in iOS 17.4 to disable these gesture reactions by default in each application. That is, each app will be able to activate or deactivate the video effects individually in each application to prevent it from always being activated by default. We will see how the developers carry it out and if this API also reaches macOS Sonama 14.4 or if it will only be available for iOS and iPadOS.