Group Video Chat Coming for FaceTime?
The discovery of a heretofore unknown key in a FaceTime property list has raised the possibility that future versions of the app will support conference video calls. A forum member over at iPodTouchFans.com [ame=http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=317326]spotted a key called "AllowMultipleConnections"[/ame]; it is set to 'false' by default, but setting it to 'true' doesn't seem to have any effect. Although this would be a fairly useless feature on iPhones and iPod touches, an iPad with a front-facing camera would certainly be able to benefit from the ability to talk to multiple video callers at once given its larger screen.
iPodTouchFans forum user 42395_skyline
found a couple of entries in the property list /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/IMCore.framework/imagent.app/PlugIns/FaceTime.imservice/ServiceProperties.plist that raised eyebrows. The first, AllowsMultipleConnections, was the most interesting one. apparently, it's a placeholder for functionality that will exist in the future, as setting it from the default 'false' to 'true' had no effect for most users, (with the exception of a few whose devices went into a respring loop as a result of modifying the file). The second, HandlesChatInvites, suggests the idea that FaceTime might support at least text chat from iChat or other IM services. The iChat IMaccount.h header
file also includes this property.
As expected, this discovery set off a round of crowing about the supposed second-generation iPad
with a front-facing camera... and as usual, we are going to have to wait and see.
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