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BW: Apple should create a \'Macphone\' network

updated 11:40 am EDT, Thu September 16, 2004

\'Macphone\' network

In a review of the recently released -- Macphone, if you like." Salkever also says that Skype is the only company that "rivals Apple in making hard tasks really, really easy," but think that has a larger chance of success: "Apple already has the pieces in place to do what Skype is doing -- and it actually has a better chance of success. For starters, it has a paying customer base. It sells around 3 million computers a year, and it also enjoys an installed base of close to 20 million users, most of whom continue to pay money to Apple to purchase periodic software upgrades."

by MacNN Staff





  1. MacMedics Josh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blows Away, Um RIGHT

    Granted I have only tried the Skipe beta once. But the audio was unusable, tones of distortion and lag, cutting out all the time. then without changing anything, the same person and I switch to iCat... Flawless! Unfortunately, this friend had assumed that because he did not have an iSIght, there was nothing but text chatting in iChat, an unfortunately common assumption. Apple really needs to do a better job of letting people know what they can really DO with there stuff. most mac users simply have no idea that this sort of thing is possible.

  1. Nitride

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What Apple should do is make a "Business" iMac, one without BlueTooth and only a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive (to help keep people from taking things out and limit CD/DVD access).

    Make it the same price as the Education iMac, maybe even make it a gray color, and put in some more Business-oriented software and no games and such.

    Everywhere I go these days I see very small CPUs standing upright behind a flat panel screen (smaller than the 17" iMac). And today I See IBM selling a new "business" computer that is about the size of the Power Mac 4400, or maybe the original G3 "desktop" model.

    Apple's iMac blows away all of these computers in design, features and usability. Now if they can only compete on price...

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Skype versus iChat

    Same here... I tried out the 0.8 beta and found that sound quality was pretty shabby compared to iChat over the same remote network. This was going from laptop to laptop on wireless networks across the Internet; with the same setup on iChat, sound is quite good.

    Anybody know how sensitive Skype is to bandwidth changes mid-stream?

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Whatever BusinessWeek...

    Apple seems to be doing fine, despite your opinions.

  1. poulh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think its a good idea

    As soon as iChat came out, I thought it would be nice to have the mic and speakers in a phone hand set so i could talk to people a little more naturally. Or have a system where the modem makes all the phones in my house ring).

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969



    iCat > iDog

  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re. iCat

    iCat's greatest feature: the paws button, of course.

  1. iJed

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE:Blows Away, Um RIGHT

    I also tried Skype recently and have also found the audio quality to be pretty awful. It sounds like a mobile phone connection that skips all the time. On the other hand iChat has clear crisp audio that is pretty good.

  1. johan edstrom

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Skype vs iChat

    Obviously there are great advantages with Skype (free, low cost calls to landline phones, multiplatform etc.). However, the sound quality in the Beta version for MacOS I have tried rendered it completely useless. It seems like it had a problem handling the dynamic range (loud audio = funky quality). If they manage to solve this I don't see why I wouldn't use it and save hundreds of dollars a month. iChat AV is too limited in terms of who you can talk to. If Apple could open it towards other platforms and landline phones so much the better.

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