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FaceTime 1.0 reaches Mac App Store with 99-cent pricetag

updated 09:50 am EST, Thu February 24, 2011

Free on new MacBook Pros

In tandem with the launch of new MacBook Pros, Apple has brought FaceTime for Mac out of beta. The video calling utility is mainly available through the Mac App Store, where it costs 99 cents. It does however come free on new MacBook Pros.

Users make calls via Address Book contacts, or alternately by turning to Favorites or Recents lists. Incoming calls will ring without launching the app first; alerts also appear on multiple Macs simultaneously in cases where the same Apple ID is being used. Video can be watched fullscreen, or in a normal windowed view.

The primary improvement in the v1.0 app is support for 720p video calling. The option demands a FaceTime HD camera, however, and a 1Mbps symmetrical Internet connection. Normal resolution requires only a 128Kbps connection, and either a standard webcam or a FireWire DV camcorder. The app is limited to Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or better.








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  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Huh?

    I'm confused. Why would Apple release an app that essentially duplicates the function of an existing app? I mean, we already have iChat - why do we need to rebrand it and SELL it? Shame on Apple.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    So...

    It's free to video conference from Mac to Mac, but now we have to pay to Facetime to an iOS device?

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    whiners

    The sky is falling.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Plus...

    ...if only HD is the improvement (and thusly limited to new MacBook Pros), why would I not continue to use the beta?

    /

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    @ umijin

    It's not a rebranding. It's completely different technology. iChat uses AOL's chat network for text and video chatting.

    FaceTime is using open standard technology to accomplish something that is similar but not compatible with iChat.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    you people

    Don't you realize facetime is going to change everything about communication? Sure, some doubters out there will whine that its just Skype. Or it's just iChat. But it's so much different. First off, it limits you to just talking with your mac and iOS using friends. No need to worry about stupid-a** windows users chatting you up. Second, you get to SEE the person you're talking to. Before, you just hear their voice. Now you can see them. And they can see you!

    And you can use it from your phone! I mean, what more could one want?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: @ umijin

    It's not a rebranding. It's completely different technology. iChat uses AOL's chat network for text and video chatting.

    It can use many different networks, including Jabber, and supports other chat networks.

    And of course it's completely different. If they used the standards that are out there, people would be able to chat without going through Apple's servers. Can't have that.

    FaceTime is using open standard technology to accomplish something that is similar but not compatible with iChat.

    They aren't using an open standard technology. They're using SEVERAL 'open' technologies. But how these are put together and packaged has not been made open, so, for the time being, it's no different than a proprietary solution.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Feb 2011

    +2

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    I wont be buying this till FaceTime works over 3G.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Facetime is...

    ...the revolutionary Steve Blowjobs you rip-off artist. Can't wait till you kick the bucket and stop squeezing your customers pockets for every insignificant features of your products

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