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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. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joe97 View Post
      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--
      I have a few questions then:

      Are you using T-Mo or AT&T (or another supported/unsupported carrier)?
      If you are using an unsupported carrier, are you using Pushfix MiTime to enable FaceTime?


      I'm thinking for me, this could be a problem since I'm testing this all on one Apple Network (eg NAT problem since they're both using the same port).

      Does anyone know if you actually need MiTime on T-Mobile US now that 4.1 is out and jailbroken/unlocked to make FT work?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoYouLikeLuxury? View Post
      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?
      exactly what I was thinking.....
    1. Christian Bale's Avatar
      Christian Bale -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2a View Post
      the reason there is no explanation is because Facetime is that easy. you need and internet connection and the email address or phone number of the person you are trying to have Facetime with. And then you click on their name and BOOM.

      It's that easy.
      I click on my windows live messenger icon, click on the person I want to chat with, click on video and BOOM. It's that easy.

      Seriously people are talking about facetime as if it = video chatting. All you need is a front facing cam the rest is really up to the service you are using to connect. Look at yahoo messenger on iPhone, you don't need to download facetime and it works on PC and other mobile devices. You need an email address anyway with facetime and yahoo works with almost all the other devices with a front facing cam and a yahoo email. Let's wait till windows live messenger and skype implement video chatting and facetime will be pretty much useless.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Christian while I do agree the point is that this is another thing you can do with 1 device, 1 email address while not having to dl any software as it.s preLoaded. To us it's no problem to get yahoo etc, but u try tellin that to a person who hates tech! I work for Panasonic and u b surprise how have to sign up, dl, log in, passwords etc etc puts people off trying something new. This will be big wether we like it or not and why? Cos even ur 70 year old grandma could work it!
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      unless facetime becomes more universal, it will fail

      if it does become universal, it can sweep the world

      the fact is, in the future, there will be a standard way of video-chatting across the globe and across all devices. Whatever product works best, is fastest, and most widespread will prevail
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      exactly what I was thinking.....
      I might just be speculating, but when they showed off Lion, next to the Safari icon was the current Facetime icon, which is where iChat is currently located. Maybe after beta testing it will be implemented into iChat?
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      I hope they come out with a Windows version. If not, I hope it's compatible with Skype.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      What about a windows version!! Most idevice users use windows not macs!!
      Nobody cares
      Just get a mac
      I'm pretty sure you can't prove what you've stated
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by brbortscheller View Post
      Nobody cares
      Just get a mac
      I'm pretty sure you can't prove what you've stated
      thank you. a windows user in here who isn't being a d***
    1. TypeRBass's Avatar
      TypeRBass -
      How many people just downloaded it..and first thing they did was call themselves on their iPhone 4...
      ::raises hand:: I'm guilty.
    1. smr891's Avatar
      smr891 -
      Im Downloading, Going To Call Myself Now Just To Join The Party
    1. fventura03's Avatar
      fventura03 -
      just called a friend from my iphone4, good quality over 3g. he was on his macbook pro
    1. chi_towner1's Avatar
      chi_towner1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TypeRBass View Post
      How many people just downloaded it..and first thing they did was call themselves on their iPhone 4...
      ::raises hand:: I'm guilty.
      LMFAO i would if i had a iphone 4!!!!
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Just had a 30 minute conversation and had no drop outs, audio or video. Audio and video were both good quality, it hangs on to a connection even when I'm far from my AirPort that's buried in my desk pretty deep, and my parents iMac is running through a ****** router through 1 floor of their house and over DSL. Overall I'm really really impressed. My favorite feature is when you rotate the phone the video matches the aspect ratio. Meaning in both portrait and landscape it fills the screen, no stretching. For a beta program this is pretty damn good.

      Does 3GUnrestrictor work decent with this? I only have a MicroCell so I really can't test it, over that it was extreely choppy.

      Quote Originally Posted by brbortscheller View Post
      Nobody cares
      Just get a mac
      I'm pretty sure you can't prove what you've stated
      I'm pretty sure that most people can't afford to drop money on a Mac simply for facetime. Don't be a jerk. I'd love to see this released for Windows, it'd be a stupid move not to with all the iPhone owners who don't own a Mac and would love to have this.

      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      thank you. a windows user in here who isn't being a d***
      As opposed to the jerks shutting someone out of a feature simply because they don't have a Mac, and being dicks saying that they don't care and for telling someone to waste money on another computer? It's a good question whether or not it'll be released for Windows. After all, Apple did release the garbage that is Safari and iTunes to the Windows community. Why not this?
    1. mgregor's Avatar
      mgregor -
      Confirmed working on iPhone 4, jailbroken 4.1 with 3g Unrestrictor to my mac. There is some lag over 3g but it still looks good. Wifi = No lag.
    1. BlackDrag0n's Avatar
      BlackDrag0n -
      Honestly i dont understand what is so "Revolutionary" last time i checked there was a windows/mac programm called "Skype" which started video chatting. Now what would be cool news if we could use windows and connect to facetime users.
    1. Aleckloss's Avatar
      Aleckloss -
      Good job apple now your swinging with the big players.
    1. angelsinojos's Avatar
      angelsinojos -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      I have a few questions then:

      Are you using T-Mo or AT&T (or another supported/unsupported carrier)?
      If you are using an unsupported carrier, are you using Pushfix MiTime to enable FaceTime?


      I'm thinking for me, this could be a problem since I'm testing this all on one Apple Network (eg NAT problem since they're both using the same port).

      Does anyone know if you actually need MiTime on T-Mobile US now that 4.1 is out and jailbroken/unlocked to make FT work?
      Hi,
      You don't need mitime, in fact I dont think anybody with tmobile USA does.

      I have a factory unlocked iphone running on 4.1, jailbroken with limera1n, ( got it last week ) and my girl has an unlocked and jb iphone 4 with T-mobile as well.

      The right thing to activate facetime is to be able to send international texts. why? on her phone she had that and I just turned on the facetime and that was it, after a while it activated. facetime works just fine calling me (tmobile) and at&t friends as well.

      In my iphone 4 I kept turning that on, just to get the " waiting for activation" , doing resets and stuff that did not work. I figure I have a flex account, so to send an international text, I have to refill that, which I did, then turned on facetime, and after 90 minutes I checked and facetime was activated... and 40 cents deducted from the balance. so that is all you need 2 international texts, no mitime, no hack, nothing else.

      hope this helps
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      What about a windows version!! Most idevice users use windows not macs!!
      Maybe when you stop quoting the OP?
      If you want it, get a Mac.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Hey PCs time to be a Mac...