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Apple on Wednesday announced a FaceTime application for Mac OS X, allowing Mac users to engage in video chat conversations with one another, as well as owners of the iPhone 4 and iPod touch.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said that Apple, to date, has shipped more than 19 million FaceTime devices. The video chat feature was previously available for the iPhone and iPod touch.

FaceTime functionality is available today via apple.com in a beta release. Jobs said the addition of the Mac will bring tens of millions of new users to the open video chat standard.

"I think people are going to like this based on the requests we've gotten," Jobs said.

Featuring an easy to use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so theres no need to create special buddy lists, and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac and Apple LED Cinema Displays.



"FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time," Jobs said in a press release. "Weve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users."

FaceTime requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and can be set up using an Apple ID. The public beta is available at www.apple.com/mac/facetime.
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me like it...
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This is great news...
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1) I wish the open specs for FaceTime would finally drop.

2) I assume it'll be a separate app for pre-Lion iChat but included in iChat for Lion.

3) Note: Jobs did state "mobile devices" which he previously used to refer to all Mac notebooks and iDevices at a previous event so there is no need to point out that 3GSM cellphones have had video chat as an option for years.
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post #5 of 87
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1)

2) I assume it'll be a separate app for pre-Lion iChat but included in iChat for Lion.

i would hope so as well (that it is merely part of ichat in Lion). heck i'm waiting for some twitter support in ichat, iphoto etc.

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post #6 of 87
Hope Windows version will not be too far behind.
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Beta available now, downloading... 452MB
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It's called "iWork09Trial.dmg" ?
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FaceTime functionality is available today via apple.com in a beta release. Jobs said the addition of the Mac will bring tens of millions of new users to the open video chat standard.

Anyone see it yet?
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Yea, what's up with that?! How odd. Also odd that FaceTime is a SEPARATE APP, not iChat integrated...

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It's called "iWork09Trial.dmg" ?
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Anyone see it yet?


Not I.... anyone have a link?
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Not I.... anyone have a link?

http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/
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http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/

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Not I.... anyone have a link?
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Originally Posted by libertyforall View Post

Yea, what's up with that?! How odd. Also odd that FaceTime is a SEPARATE APP, not iChat integrated...

here's the link

https://swdlp.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebO...b6cbbBeUZ0/2.5
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http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/

I think that this will allow many people to make free calls to other people I love the idea.
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Originally Posted by just_a_guy View Post

I think that this will allow many people to make free calls to other people I love the idea.

http://appldnld.apple.com/FaceTime/0...5/FaceTime.dmg

Whoops... someone beat me to it?
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post #17 of 87
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http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/

OK? That was a bad link I posted, seems that now the correct link is up on the Apple store.
post #18 of 87
Just Face Time'd my phone from my Mac. Works well. Forgot how ugly I am!
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Why is the file called iWork09 trial????

I already have iwork09...
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Now if they'd just lift the silly wifi-only restriction, we are all set. I know it is at the request of the carriers (AT&T) but I wish they would just open. Just like VOIP over 3G, it wasn't the end of the world that AT&T was worried about.

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http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/

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Originally Posted by Flash_beezy View Post

Why is the file called iWork09 trial????

I already have iwork09...

That's a bad link, Apple has now fixed it. Use https://swdlp.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebO...b6cbbBeUZ0/2.5
post #22 of 87
I don't understand... Why have facetime and Ichat? Why is it not integrated. Makes no sense to me.
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Now if they'd just lift the silly wifi-only restriction, we are all set. I know it is at the request of the carriers (AT&T) but I wish they would just open. Just like VOIP over 3G, it wasn't the end of the world that AT&T was worried about.

Ah ok just installed


And just jailbreak I've been facetiming over 3G no issues
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post #24 of 87
Very disappointing. I was hoping iChat will integrate FaceTime, add other IM and social protocols, and sync (ideally via cloud) SMS and MMS with iPhone's Messages app.
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Originally Posted by benalexe View Post

I don't understand... Why have facetime and Ichat? Why is it not integrated. Makes no sense to me.

I would imagine they use completely separate communications protocols. Easier to start from scratch than try and integrate with barely used software....
post #26 of 87
Ok... I have a new iPod Touch. I have a Mac. With ONE Apple ID, how on Earth do I FaceTime from my iPod to my Mac!?
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Originally Posted by benalexe View Post

I don't understand... Why have facetime and Ichat? Why is it not integrated. Makes no sense to me.

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Originally Posted by filburt View Post

Very disappointing. I was hoping iChat will integrate FaceTime, add other IM and social protocols, and sync (ideally via cloud) SMS and MMS with iPhone's Messages app.

Maybe because it's beta?

I just finished verifying. Seems like the servers are overloaded.
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Ok... I have a new iPod Touch. I have a Mac. With ONE Apple ID, how on Earth do I FaceTime from my iPod to my Mac!?

I signed on with a different email on the touch when I first got it. Turns out that was a good idea, but I had no idea why at the time. I wonder if you can change the touch's i.d. with another email.
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Originally Posted by just_a_guy View Post

I think that this will allow many people to make free calls to other people I love the idea.

'Cause we've never been able to do THAT before!

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I signed on with a different email on the touch when I first got it. Turns out that was a good idea, but I had no idea why at the time. I wonder if you can change the touch's i.d. with another email.

So for folks who have set it up (I'm stuck at work on a PC ), does this mean I have to share my AppleID with anyone I want to use this with and have them add it to their Address Book? Or do I have to tell Apple all my various email addresses when I set mine up so people who use those addresses can contact me?

Just wondering how the connections are made. And also, while it's [going to be] an open standard, it looks like if any 3rd party wants to use it their customers will have to have iTunes and an AppleID. It think it'd be better to just let you use any email address to create your Facetime account. But this way Apple gets to keep it's foot in the door of anyone who wants to use it.
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Very disappointing. I was hoping iChat will integrate FaceTime, add other IM and social protocols, and sync (ideally via cloud) SMS and MMS with iPhone's Messages app.

You forget one very clear detail it's a BETA! Not the final product
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post #31 of 87
getting hammered! Can anyone upload it so I can get now? I know I'm so impatient!!!


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post #32 of 87
Well got it installed.

Its awesome. The app stays 'aware' even when you have exited so that it springs to life if someone calls you.

Video quality is ace, tried a local wifi network call and a call across the internet. Both good clear audio and video.
post #33 of 87
I wish this integrated with SIP and allowed SIP dialing and reception with existing VoIP providers like BroadVoice, Vonage, etc.
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Anyone know how to initiate a FaceTime chat from the iPhone to a Mac?
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Just connect via the Contacts list with an email address...

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Anyone know how to initiate a FaceTime chat from the iPhone to a Mac?
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Originally Posted by benalexe View Post

I don't understand... Why have facetime and Ichat? Why is it not integrated. Makes no sense to me.

Different purposes, Unix philosophy. Facetime is video chat. iChat is text chat. I think the brand FaceTime makes it profitable to execute the each tool does it's job well idea rather than just bury ever more features into the same wrapper.
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'Cause we've never been able to do THAT before!



So for folks who have set it up (I'm stuck at work on a PC ), does this mean I have to share my AppleID with anyone I want to use this with and have them add it to their Address Book? Or do I have to tell Apple all my various email addresses when I set mine up so people who use those addresses can contact me?

Just wondering how the connections are made. And also, while it's [going to be] an open standard, it looks like if any 3rd party wants to use it their customers will have to have iTunes and an AppleID. It think it'd be better to just let you use any email address to create your Facetime account. But this way Apple gets to keep it's foot in the door of anyone who wants to use it.

Never been able to do it so easily, maybe. But the main thing is the BACK CAMERA on the portables and the easy way of switching. You can show where you ARE, without you being in the picture. Very big deal.

Give Apple a different email address (of yours) to each device. Their servers keep track of where you are from then on.
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Anyone know how to initiate a FaceTime chat from the iPhone to a Mac?

You could call the iPhone from the mac then after ending the call go to the recent calls list on the phone and save the details to an existing contact or create a new one for your mac for facetime calls.
post #39 of 87
setting it up now. although you have to log in with your apple id you can specify a different email address for people to contact you, thereby protecting your apple id.

i see some people have already used facetime on the mac. i'm using a contact email different than my apple id, and i'm stuck waiting for apple to send the verification email to that alternate address. wondering if they're having some issues with that. i run my own mail server and have yet to see the verification email hit my mail server.
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Originally Posted by Hiro View Post

Different purposes, Unix philosophy. Facetime is video chat. iChat is text chat. I think the brand FaceTime makes it profitable to execute the each tool does it's job well idea rather than just bury ever more features into the same wrapper.

Aha, good point. I never used iChat, maybe also because it's planted. I just called my iMac from my touch. It seems to just work. Are you signed on yet?
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