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  • Apple Releases FaceTime for Mac With a $0.99 Price Tag


    Earlier today Apple released FaceTime 1.0 for Mac, available now in the Mac App Store, with a new $0.99 price tag. What seems to have been a free app during beta stages, has not been officially taged with a price.

    Macworld's Dan Moren, says that the charge is due to accounting requirements. Apple claims there is nothing abnormal about this charge, and reminds us of the 801.11n update that cost $2.

    Apple generally stands by its notion that when new features are added as such, they have the power to tag a price to it. According to Apple, this is a substantial new feature addition, however I don`t buy it. Video calling is NOT a new feature. Sure its FaceTime, but this technology has been around for years. If they really wanted a reason to charge $0.99, say it's because of the addtion of HD quality video. (Yes this newest update adds HD video quality)

    Ironically, the new MacBook Pros released today will actually come loaded with a FaceTime app free of charge. Why free? Simply because the packaging and information detail FaceTime as being part of the Mac itself.

    What is your thought? Yeah it's only $1.00 but does this seem right to you? I'll stick to Skype for now, as it allows you to "FaceTime" from iDevice to PC no problem. And it's free!

    FaceTime on the Mac App Store
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Releases FaceTime for Mac With a $0.99 Price Tag started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Annoys the hell out of me that it costs anything at all!
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Typical Apple. Charge for anything they can... Sad thing is, they'll get it.


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    1. iCR4C's Avatar
      iCR4C -
      Apple will make more money with this feature than rappers make off ringtones.. Lol smh
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      That's bull. I know its just a buck but with the price I just paid for the 17 inch mbp today it should be free.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I bet Apple makes it free once they realize no one wants to pay for something that's already out there and doesn't cost a thing...

      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      That's bull. I know its just a buck but with the price I just paid for the 17 inch mbp today it should be free.
      Jealous
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Wow really...??

      Son of a beast
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      The only reason they are charging for this is because of how easy it is to charge for small apps like this now with the app store.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      That's bull. I know its just a buck but with the price I just paid for the 17 inch mbp today it should be free.
      The the article states that the new MPB's come with this version of FaceTime.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      I'd buy that for a dollar.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      This is ridiculous. Reasons like this is why I would buy an iPad over a Mac.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Why not just update iChat?
      Why do you we need FaceTime App and iChat.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      I'd buy that for a dollar.
      Lol sad thing is I would too!
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Yeah that's pretty shady, guess I just found the down side of the App store. Easy way for Apple to charge for things that would normally be free.
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      I'd buy that for a dollar.
      I haven't seen Kyle comment for a while! Where you been!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      I'd buy that for a dollar.
      Haaaa! Lol

      I posted this earlier on the Mac software section but I guess no one can see those until they hit front page , hmmm
    1. rkisling's Avatar
      rkisling -
      Could be due to rather crazy accounting rules; if they didn't charge for it, they could potentially not be able to recognize the revenue from their MacBooks until they delivered the FaceTime Software... My guess product management wanted it to be free; the accountants wanted something significant - and they settled on $0.99. I've been in this meeting many times in my career in the software industry ... though the rules for hardware/software revenue recognition have been simplified lately
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by mustard05 View Post
      The the article states that the new MPB's come with this version of FaceTime.
      Yeah year old MBPs dont, and I don't think you should have to pay for it IMHO.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkisling View Post
      Could be due to rather crazy accounting rules; if they didn't charge for it, they could potentially not be able to recognize the revenue from their MacBooks until they delivered the FaceTime Software... My guess product management wanted it to be free; the accountants wanted something significant - and they settled on $0.99. I've been in this meeting many times in my career in the software industry ... though the rules for hardware/software revenue recognition have been simplified lately
      excellent analysis
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      What seems to have been a free app during beta stages, has not been officially taged with a price.
      Shouldn't it be "has now been officially tagged with a price"?

      And even if I used Mac OS X, I doubt I'd ever pay for that, esp when I get Skype for free.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Yeah year old MBPs dont, and I don't think you should have to pay for it IMHO.
      He said he bought "today."