Originally Posted by Tulkas
One of the things I was looking forward to most was this feature, as I hoped it would allow me to video chat with my kids at home. They are 30 months and 11 months, so they interact much better when it is video than just a phone call.
I am in the same situation. Good stuff.
Originally Posted by Core2
Actually its integrated into the phone, it was mentioned that you just dial the phone number and if it is to another iPhone you get video, you don't have to do anything to implement, that's what has me interested, no application to launch, or have to be logged into a client to use.
Need some technical information before I make my decision on this one.
PatentlyApple showed a patent a few months back which Apple had for opening a data connection during a phone call. Both phones, connected only by the phone call, could send some sort of data between them. This would be the method they use to open up a video connection between the phones.
This could open up lots of other possibilities too. Generally, this open standard could enable any sort of data sharing between phones - either encoded into the audio stream for very low bandwidth, or more likely using that encoded data to open other bigger data connections (whether 3G or wifi or whatever).
Originally Posted by solipsism
They specifically stated it was iPhone 4 to iPhone 4. I see nothing that would prevent them from using the technology in iChat for this, but so far it's not mentioned, which I think means it's just not ready at this point for connecting to PCs. Perhaps they want to do it through MobileMe to utilize Wide-Area Bonjour that is found in Back to My Mac for zero config connections. They might also want it to go live on Windows at the same time.
I'm worried about what we've seen.
Is there any evidence that the original phone call was ever disconnected?
I mean - in "FaceTime" - is the audio routed through the regular cell network, while the video goes through wifi? They could add a small delay to audio to match video, and get great audio quality via the cell network while adding video to whatever quality is possible. It bypasses any problems with home QoS setups etc.
BUT... it means that instead of calling my parents for 20 minutes on a landline or Skype, I am actually using my mobile phone minutes. That is a show stopper.
On the other hand - if it uses it to make the connection and then drops the cell call entirely, it's a nice way to have guaranteed connections to whoever I'm calling, and switch to no-charge if we're both on wifi. We don't even need video.
Asked another way - I don't have access to the keynote stream - when the video was choppy due to the wifi problems, did the audio ever miss a beat?