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Apple brings FaceTime to Mac OS X

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

App available as public beta

As expected, Apple has announced that FaceTime will be coming to Mac OS X. The video chat utility was first introduced in iOS for the iPhone and later extended to the iPod touch. During the company's Back to the Mac event, executive Phil Schiller claimed FaceTime has been added to 19 million devices in the first four months of availability.

The Mac variant automatically rotates the video to landscape or portrait mode, depending on the orientation of the iPhone or iPod touch. Users can also choose to view the video in a small window or fullscreen.

FaceTime for Mac will be available today as a free public beta.





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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -13

    huh?

    Added to 19 million devices? How does a user add them to their device? Or is it "We've sold 19 million devices that support FaceTime"?

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    hold-up

    And exactly what is the hold-up on the Mac version? It's iChat video chatting to iPhones. It isn't some magical new software concept people.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    RE: hold-up

    I'd say the hold-up is that they're not the same software. If you remember, FaceTime uses a new open-standard protocol that's separate from iChat's. That's why the FaceTime for Mac is it's own application. This is NOT a marriage of iChat & FaceTime, which I imagine will be a bone of contention for some of us who'd like to see this all together in one app.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -14

    Re: hold-up

    OMG! It's a whole new protocol! Well, then, that makes perfect sense why it is taking forever to get to the Mac. Apple would, I don't know, have to code the protocol for OS X. I mean, it isn't like they've got it running on another platform that is based on the same OS and, as such, could easily port it over.

    Oh, wait....

    And my point wasn't that FaceTime IS iChat, but that it isn't anything different than iChat. It's video chatting. It isn't some grand new concept that takes forever to develop. Everything is there. But, no, Apple promotes it as some grand new idea and it's all "OMG! It's FaceTime! It's so much better than anything ever seen before!"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    iChat

    BTW, wouldn't it make more sense to hook it into iChat, so users who video chat don't have to figure out if they need to FaceTime this person vs. iChat that person?

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    Camera

    And, did anyone notice Apple is apparently now calling the cameras in their computers "FaceTime cameras" vs. "iSight cameras"?

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    RE: hold-up

    "It's iChat video chatting to iPhones."

    "And my point wasn't that FaceTime IS iChat"

    --

    So those 2 contradictory statements were not made by you?!

  1. Gepard

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    To testudo

    Now I got that, why you like to post here. Because nobody wants to argue with you. You just like taking to yourself, silly. You are hopeless, testudo.

  1. _Rick_V_

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    At Testudo

    Actually, Testudo, there is a LOT more going on in Facetime than simply being "a different protocol", it's a whole series of technologies that are tied together. Much more so than the relatively simple method employed by iChat and other video chats.

    That said, it still seems to make sense to integrate this into iChat, instead of a whole new program.

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    IChat ran on AOL's Servers

    Apple is slowly breaking dependence on AOL's outdated servers and technology.

    By introducing FaceTime to the Mac and soon to other computers and phones as an open format, Apple is ensuring that no only are we able to video call to many devices, in many locations, on many different carrier and devise makers but also that if AOL were to go under or be bought out that it would not be able to bring video chatting capabilities on Apple to a halt.

    This was the smartest thing Apple could have done.

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