Apple confirms iOS 17.4 allows video calling apps to turn off reactions

By Joe Rossignol

Apple today publicly confirmed that iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 allow video calling app developers to disable the Reactions feature in their apps by default.

As we reported earlier this month, developers can control the default behavior of reactions in their apps using a new API for iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and possibly macOS 14.4. . The updates are expected to be published in March.

Apple's developer notes for iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 Release Candidates:

Developers can control the default behavior of Reactions by using the [… ] This is controlled on a per-app basis, and user selection overrides the app's declared defaults.

For example, the video conferencing app Zoom can use Apple's new API to disable the Reactions feature. in your default application. iPhone and iPad users who manually re-enable Reactions in Control Center will still be able to use the feature in the app.

In iOS 17.4, reactions are still enabled by default, so they still work in FaceTime and in apps that don't use the API, without any additional steps.


Starting with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, you can make hand gestures during video calls in FaceTime and other video conferencing apps to fill the screen with 3D effects. For example, you can give two thumbs up to show fireworks on the screen, or make two peace signs with your hands to show confetti.

Unfortunately, many users don't know that this new feature is enabled by default. , leading to awkward and embarrassing moments during important video calls such as online therapy sessions and business meetings.

Instead of completely disabling reactions by default, Apple is allowing developers to control this feature on a per-app basis with this new API.

MacRumors writer Aaron Perris contributed to this story.

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