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    FaceTime is coming to Macs.

    "The number one request we've gotten," said Jobs, "is can we please do FaceTime calling with these devices and the Mac?" With that, Jobs rolled out FaceTime for Macs. Answering a major request of many Mac users, today Steve Jobs demoed a FaceTime application for Mac OS X, a development that will rapidly expand the growth and usage of the video chat functionality made possible by FaceTime.

    "We're really excited by this," said Jobs, reference the ability of iPhone 4 and iPod touch users now having the ability to video chat with Mac users via FaceTime, a new service available today on apple.com (in a beta). With nineteen million FaceTime users already spread around the world, it isn't hard to imagine that millions of new FaceTime users will be ushered into the era of video chat by way of today's revelation.

    "I think people are going to like this based on the requests we've gotten," Jobs told the media gathered at Apple's Cupertino campus.

    CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today announced the public beta of FaceTime® for Mac®, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone® 4 and iPod touch®* users as well as other Macs. Featuring an easy to use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s 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,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve 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 for Mac requires Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/mac/facetime.

    *iOS 4.1 required.

    Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FaceTime Comes Back to Mac started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 72 Comments
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      HOLY SH*T!!! It works like a champ! This is awesome.
    1. greek.guy's Avatar
      greek.guy -
      Facetime is gonna take over the world now.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      A. We don't really care
      B. Apple makes window's software to get you hooked on their products so that you'll buy a Mac.

      The real solution here is to get a Mac, jump on the bandwagon, you'll like it. Perhaps a new MacBook Air?
      Sure. Why not. I burn money just to keep warm.
    1. nave3d's Avatar
      nave3d -
      Hopefuly a windows version comes out soon. Would be nice to talk to my daughter when I'm at work
    1. spiderguy84's Avatar
      spiderguy84 -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      Doesn't seem to work with MiTime and iPhone 4 with 4.1. Tried to initiate call from Mac and iPhone.

      Doesn't seem to work with any jb iPhone users, AT&T or T-Mo. I don't know anyone who isn't jb ;-)

      Maybe their server isn't up yet.
      My wife's iPhone 4 is JB running 4.1 and has My3G installed. I used FaceTime on the Mac to initiate the call to her, and it worked like a charm. We are on AT&T.

      I had no issues signing in with my Apple ID. As I said earlier, setup was basically non-existent, and it works perfect.
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Sure. Why not. I burn money just to keep warm.
      Where you live, (Santa Cruz area according to your profile), you can afford it. Otherwise I was going to ask how Zimbabwe is treating you.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Nice!!!!! Where is the widows version
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      Where you live, (Santa Cruz area according to your profile), you can afford it. Otherwise I was going to ask how Zimbabwe is treating you.
      Yeah, because where someone lives means they have money to spend on things they don't necessarily need. Get off it, leave the dude alone.

      Seriously, this is awesome. Wish I could test it on 3G but I don't have 3G in my area and no one that is available to talk right now. Gotta wait to see how good this is over time but for it to work flawlessly 15 seconds after it installed is awesome in it's own right.

      EDIT: What's even more awesome is that FaceTime on the Mac does not have to be open and running to receive a call. It starts when you're called, very very quickly too, and closes when you're done.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I bet you anything that while in beta, there will be no windows version. Just hold on.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      What about a windows version!! Most idevice users use windows not macs!!
      No lol.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Nice title by the way. Guess when the title doesn't contain the words 'Verizon' 'iPhone' 'confirmed' 'tomorrow' 'rumor' or anything else the essany can't skim from another site, it isn't worth making sense.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Anyone else having issues getting it to install? It keeps telling me that there's an update required so I ran all of my updates and it still won't let me install it. It's requiring the latest security update.

      Edit: Nevermind... it requires Snow Leopard. That's my issue. Stupid, old work computer...
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      A. We don't really care
      B. Apple makes window's software to get you hooked on their products so that you'll buy a Mac.

      The real solution here is to get a Mac, jump on the bandwagon, you'll like it. Perhaps a new MacBook Air?
      Ouch. That is harsh, yet in such a funny way.
      +1
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      [[Quote:
      CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today announced the public beta of FaceTime® for Mac®, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone® 4 and iPod touch®* users as well as other Macs. Featuring an easy to use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s 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,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve 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 for Mac requires Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at Apple - FaceTime for Mac.

      *iOS 4.1 required.

      Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices. ]]

      Where did this "QUOTE" come from??
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Devilish4eveR View Post
      Whahahah... scroogelives, u crack me up

      Well, I myself am primarily a Windows user (work & home environment) being an IT Specialist. But I'm going to buy an iMac as I want to be able to harnis both Mac OSX & Windows on the same station. Therefore I opted to buy an iMac soon.

      But I believe that what you say has allot of truth to it.

      Die hard windows users will NEVER switch to a Mac. But then again I can bet money that they ALL have iPhones & iPods and most probably a iPad too
      My mgr is a diehard Windows man (practically has a tattoo). Every other conversation he starts out dissing Macs, prattling on about how great Win7 is, blahblahblah... Then he finally starts getting around to asking his Mac question about what app to use, how to do something on his MBP that he got -- 'just for testing' and he says he can't as easily do those things on Win7, etc., etc., etc.

      It's true... Once you go Mac, you never go back -- baby!
    1. joe97's Avatar
      joe97 -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      Doesn't seem to work with MiTime and iPhone 4 with 4.1. Tried to initiate call from Mac and iPhone.

      Doesn't seem to work with any jb iPhone users, AT&T or T-Mo. I don't know anyone who isn't jb ;-)

      Maybe their server isn't up yet.
      Yes I can confirm it works on my JB'n iPhone 4 iOS 4.1 over 3G with My3G installed. First I initiated with the iMac-called phone # and it worked great, then I initiated again with the iPhone 4 through /contacts/ and it worked that way as well. I am impressed--
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      Probably from the BASIC KNOWLEDGE that Windows still dominates the PC market. And with good reason.

      Yeah, sure steve, now that you've invented video chatting on computers, I'll switch to Mac. Not working, buddy.

      Call me when someone with some goddamn sense writes a Windows version.. or better yet integrates FaceTime into Skype.
      I'll see your 'more iPhone users use Windows' comment and raise you a 'more Windows users own Android devices'.... ah Ha!
      (this didn't auto merge...hmmm)

      Skype has already said they are interested in that, BTW. Have patience young one.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      I didn't think about this while watching the keynote but doesn't Macs have iChat? Couldn't they have somehow integrated FaceTime with iChat?
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      downloaded and tested it out. pretty cool, especially since it's free. now add a jb iphone 4 w/ my3G running and you have free mobile video calls.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Snozberries View Post
      .
      CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today announced the public beta of FaceTime® for Mac®...

      Where did this "QUOTE" come from??
      1 of 4 press releases put out by Apple today over BusinessWire.

      Apple - Press Info

      Apple Reinvents Notebooks With New MacBook Air | Business Wire
      Apple Introduces iLife ?11 With Major Upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand | Business Wire
      Apple Gives Sneak Peek of Mac OS X Lion | Business Wire
      Apple Brings FaceTime to the Mac | Business Wire