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Rumor has FaceTime coming to iChat, Windows

updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri September 10, 2010

iLife '11 finally close?

FaceTime video call support may soon be coming to platforms outside iOS, rumors cited by a French website suggest. The technology is currently available on the iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod touch. Should claims be accurate, FaceTime could soon be available on Macs through iChat, and on Windows systems by way of an unmentioned app or apps.

The standard is designed to be used on multiple platforms, which may mean it is only a matter of time before Mac and Windows support arrives, whether from Apple or a third party. Either route would benefit Apple, since it would increase the usefulness of iPhones and iPods. FaceTime is also expected to appear on the next-generation iPad.

Rumors further position iLife '11 as shipping "very soon." The same website earlier proposed that suite would ship on August 7th for $79, but very little trace of the software has been seen since. It could potentially lose iDVD as default app, but gain full 64-bit support.






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  1. doctor9

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Excellent!!

    I hope this is true! FaceTime is great. I just bought the new iPod Touch for my girlfriend so she & I could video chat on our mobile devices since we live in different cities (yeah, just like in the sappy TV commercial!). It makes it so much easier & convenient to have conversations when we don't want to be at our stationary desktops or even bulky laptops. But having it thru iChat will help simplify the process when we are using those computers...so she can be on her iPod while I'm on my desktop.

    This seems to be the natural solution to the puzzle of why iChat was never provided on the iPhone.

    /

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    This may eventually sink Windows for good

    Seems unlikely, but it might happen.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    Re: Excellent

    Of course, you could just use any of the other video chatting software out there, but, I know, that wouldn't be the 'apple way'.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    I like Facetime.

    I would love to see it integrated with iChat.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Supposedly, nothing in the world can sink

    Windows. There is a belief that Windows is so deeply rooted in the computer industry that it is untouchable. There is one thing that I question. Does Windows run on ARM processors? Currently, no. If there does happen to be a industry shift from Intel to ARM processors due to their low power requirements, Windows could lose a lot of control in the consumer sector. There seems to be a growing shift to mobility in smartphones and tablets and Windows desktop is not making that shift. In one year alone, possibly 100 million Windows licenses could be lost if the trend continues. I know Microsoft is acting smug and that nothing can touch them, but I think they should be concerned. Will Microsoft port Windows desktop to ARM? Does it even make sense for them to do so? They'll have to port Microsoft Office, too. I'm really curious how Microsoft is going to handle a quick shift in hardware as large and as sluggish a company as it is. Maybe their arrogant insistence of Windows desktop for everything will trip them up.

    I doubt FaceTime will harm Windows because Skype works well on Windows and there are those that say Skype is a far superior product than FaceTime. I'd say FaceTime doesn't carry enough weight to change anything. Certainly corporations don't give a damn about FaceTime.

  1. chas_m

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    iChat for Windows

    I have been predicting for some time that Apple would eventually bring iChat to Windows in an attempt to kill off the myriad lesser clients for both platforms through the use of an irresistible feature -- no-brainer video calls.

    Skype is a world-class, excellent product -- no question about it. It provides stiff competition to Apple's existing iChat and (what I predict will be) the revamped iChat with FaceTime for both platforms -- but that doesn't stop Apple. They made iWork knowing full well that MS Office was going to continue outselling it, because Office is comfortable and familiar and (frankly) one of the better things MS makes (the Mac version, anyway). iWork is better in some ways and less so in others against MS Office, and I have a hunch Skype v. iChat will be the same story.

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