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  • iChat Features Hidden Within iPhone OS 4.0

    Numerous sources are now confirming that there are some hidden iChat features and commands found inside of iPhone OS 4.0 that could be a clear sign that we may see a iPhone/iPod iChat app from Apple.

    By watching some of the processes running on the new firmware, an process by the name of iChatAgent was found running in the background along with some additional iChat code. Could this be video calling? Or will it only come with iPhone 4G? Both the code and a separate tip to 9to5Mac have also referenced an Apple-run site that, along with three internal sites, are likely being used to host and test video on the iPhone. An unconfirmed but thorough insider maintained that the site is waiting for a "jingle" from the iChat app itself to initialize the feature; without information about the app's presence and connection quality it won't do anything.

    9 to 5 Mac has also shown references within the SDK to features such as moderators, chat rooms, encrypted video conferences, and more. Digging even further, the same notification noises that the desktop iChat application uses, can actually be found in the SDK as well.

    They even found what they believe to be an Apple iPhone Video Chat server at the following address:

    Trying to connect to it will however not get you anything since it would be meant to work with iChat on the iPhone.

    Of course, we saw some similar video chat hints from good ol iPhone 3.2 which were soon pulled from Apple. So who knows, this could all just be a misunderstanding form the devs and Apple's inability to inform developers of what they have to work with. Or it could be the real thing. We'll find out soon enough I'm sure.

    On another note, you might be asking "Big Deal! Who Uses iChat Anyways?". While iChat does require a mobile me account, Apple has recently announced that it is now adding "Aliases" to MobileMe user accounts. This means that a MobileMe user can create up to 5 different email accounts. This should open the door for more users starting to use iChat. iChat works incredibly well on the Mac, so I'd love to see it on the iPhone OS.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: iChat Features Hidden Within iPhone OS 4.0 started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by yahoowizard View Post
      I bet the front camera is 2 megapixel, minimum 1.3, and the back goes to around 5 megapixel like the 4G phone that came out, forgot who made it though. Still, I'm going to buy this for sure, so it's going to be awesome.
      You mean the android phone HTC evo? It's not out yet, but it is quite the sexy phone. NO trackball or anything though so kind of ruins it for me.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Who cares about iChat...as long as the next iPhone has a front facing cam, other apps will take advantage of it.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      Who cares about iChat...as long as the next iPhone has a front facing cam, other apps will take advantage of it.
      I'd have to agree with that.

      I wonder what kind of Apps you could make with a front facing Camera?..

      Something related to farting.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      I hope for a new looking model, foward facing camera... and different colours like the iPods have.
    1. musicplusmac's Avatar
      musicplusmac -
      you can use google talk and aim with iChat too
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      sounds good.

      confirms the next iPad revision will have a camera (or 2) as well.
    1. kamu's Avatar
      kamu -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone?3gs View Post
      Yes because the front facing camera wont be the best for taking picture and prob will be vga or 1.3, 2 but the back has to be more

      And blkeagle1 is right you can use aim, gmail, and other things not just mobile me i use ichat and skype all the time....
      they have to give more messengers support if ichat is coming for iphone specially for msn, facebook chat and some others too….
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      Sounds cool to me, I already see people crying because they are locked in with the 3gs,that was me last year. Wife and I are both out of contract and these slow 3g we have will soon be history. I hope the next iphone is something to get excited about, but I have my doubts.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      hey! more useless speculation! that pic was created as a rumor for the 3gs.
      3GS...... 3G....... That pic is OLD!

      Anyway this is probably just for the iPad.
    1. Bruno615's Avatar
      Bruno615 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reggie6801 View Post
      Just becoming aware of what apple is capable of, if there is an iChat feature implemented on the new 4.0 firmware, you'll probably have to buy the new iPhone top use it. Peoplelike me with the iPhone 3GS will probably be outta luck…
      Unless jailbreakers save the day (as they always do) and create something that lets us do it anyway. (Though without a mirror, it might be hard to have a conversation)
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      This would be cool and long awaited
    1. opiak's Avatar
      opiak -
      chat roulette app haha
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      oh chatroulette....just watch out them guys that @#$% in there yuck
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      this is what i've been waiting for. It's also the reason i'm going to hold off on the iPad. I think in the next model iPad, they'll add a front facing camera.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Even if it didn't have video chat 4.0 is still going to rock, along with the 4G iPhone.
    1. ziggie216's Avatar
      ziggie216 -
      Thats great but.. once again. who use iChat? Also MobileMe is a paid service, now who wants to pay to chat when there free and more popular service like gtalk, yahoo im, aim, msn, skype, etc, etc, etc.

      Now if people can sign up for ichat for free and use it simliar to BBM, I can see it become a little more popular. Of course then we're talking about Apple, so they'll find a way to screw it up some how.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      So let me get this straight--this new iChat process seen to be running in beta firmware hasn't shown up in the past, right? How can there be ANY doubt at this point in time that the new iPhone this summer will have iChat? It is completely without a doubt for me, at least. I sure hope it still supports AIM, despite some people's opinions on AIM. I still use it because 1) I love how iChat integrates with the stock apps on Mac OS, and 2) I'm not trying to push all of my friends to switch to Skype just because I want to. iChat handles my video chats fine (when I have them).
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      did anyone see this palm pre is for sale hahahahah,that's what you get for try to take apple down hahahahahahhaha.

      iClarified - Apple News - Palm Has Put Itself Up For Sale
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      Quote Originally Posted by szfebje View Post
      Have any of you streamed video for more than 10 mins on an iphone?
      obviously not because you'd all be here complaining about how it overheats, and how the battery life is DRASTICALLY reduced, now just imagine a constant stream both ways, I have no idea how this will work in a real world environment...
      videochat uses vastly greater compression .. and the image generally changes a lot less.. compare a video scene with constantly changing imagery to the video of a face with moving lips / eyes and small facial changes..
    1. MyStur's Avatar
      MyStur -
      ow thatthe best can wait new iphone rel 4 and ipad