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  • More Evidence of Video Chat in iPhone 4.0 SDK

    Following the hardly earth-shattering but welcome news that the fourth-generation iPhone will feature a front-facing camera, there's some further hints as to the uses Apple has in mind for the camera in the iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 SDK, which was released last week. Video conferencing - possibly integrated with Apple's upcoming Game Center service - is, of course, on tap. Less welcome is the suggestion that video chatting will be supported over WiFi only, not over 3G data connections, and code snippets that indicate a device must be "registered" in order for video conferencing to be enabled.

    MacRumors dug through files in the SDK distribution and turned up a number of interesting status and error messages, all discussing "video conferencing" and "video calls." The error messages describing how dropped calls and misaddressed conferences would be handled give the clearest picture yet of how Apple intends to support video communications on devices with the hardware to handle it. First, as the ACCOUNTNOTREGISTEREDMESSAGE string contains “This device has not been registered for video conferencing,” it appears that Apple will require a separate account - possibly with a service fee - to make use of the feature. And the "could not connect" and "disconnected" error strings contain only references to WiFi:

    IMAVCHATCOULDNOTCONNECTNOREMOTEWIFI = “The video call could not connect because a remote Wi-Fi connection could not be established.”; 
    IMAVCHATDISCONNECTEDNOLOCAL_WIFI = “The video call disconnected because the local Wi-Fi connection was lost.”;
    If Apple intended to support 3G calling, one would expect to see error strings for "no service" or "poor service." Looks like using video chat over 3G in iPhone 4.0 is going to require some clever workarounds.

    Apple's recently-announced Game Center service will, however, apparently support some kind of video communication features, as there are a raft of IMAV identifiers used for various error strings such as:

    An Apple analyst predicted last week that Apple would use video-enabled gaming to "create a compelling and very sticky subscription service." Ezra Gottheil, a senior analyst with Technology Business Research, said that he thought that Apple was going to go big with the new service: "They seem to be saying that there's more to the next quarter than the introduction of a new iPhone," he told Computerworld.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: More Evidence of Video Chat in iPhone 4.0 SDK started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Either you're a really BAD reader, or a really GOOD troll.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      ^ why half *** a feature like that? Either do it right or don't even bring it to the table.
      if everyone was using this feature on 3G we would have a huge 3G problem again. also they have to bring it to the table even jsut for wifi use, because if they don't people keep complaining come one apple bring a front camera for video chat. You guys suck for not having this yet. now yes it's let us use it with 3G but the reality is i'd rather have a reliable 3G connection that works faster rather than one that is slowed down because of everyone using the video chat on the 3G network. I wont lie i would love it to be used with 3G though haha. just saying i think it's reasonable they just have it set for wifi use only.
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      disasemble phone
      8mp cam in front
      1.3 in back
      hopefully the software isnt tied to just the 1.3
      could always make a patch i suppose
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      Yeah I'm sure My3g or 3G unrestrictor will work but the quality would be horrible...
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      wahhh. i think youll have to be on at&t or have a 4g to work
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      ^^^yeah u might have to be on AT&T, it's says u nay have to have a WiFi connect to use the video chatting in which My3g is a work around to solve that, but may bit even be worth the hassle cuz I don't think the video quality will be that great over a 3G connection.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Ya you guys are right about the quality of VIDEO chat that would be via 3G connection. I can barley run skype in the background with a perfect clear connection. But on the other hand i have not heard too many people mention anything about the iphone's battery life, i have a 16gb 3Gs and my battery life SUCKS!! And i have sbsettings installed and backgrounder so i am aware of whats running in the background and all my processes..I did the battery reset thing too but man it just dies hella fast, that is where my old blackberry 8320 kicked the iphones ***, but other than that..I LOVE MY IPHONE! Bring on the bigger battery APPLE you cheap asses!
    1. chrodriguezmarydown's Avatar
      chrodriguezmarydown -
      this is so exciting!
      the only down fall is my girlfriend
      will know if im lying if i say im t the store
      but im some where else. haha
    1. scatman10's Avatar
      scatman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chrodriguezmarydown View Post
      this is so exciting!
      the only down fall is my girlfriend
      will know if im lying if i say im t the store
      but im some where else. haha
      LMAO @ you for sure!
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Why are people against having the feature on 3G. If yu don't want it just don't use it. What chane is it gonna do to you of u want to use it on wifi? I mean most people have a laptop with a cam on them what's the point of using ur phone if u can use ur laptop cuz ur gonna be at home...
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      gotta say i don't always have my laptop when i have wifi, but i do always have my iphone but also gotta say i really wouldn't care much for video chatting with my iphone, but i would with my ipad...
    1. eballesq's Avatar
      eballesq -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      That would be REALLY neat. I actually heard that some cell phone carriers are in the process of developing a brand-new "voice chat" feature, where you can actually speak to and listen to another person and have full conversations with them. It seems like it would be much faster, personal, and natural than texting or instant messaging, too! Absolutely revolutionary!
      Well played.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I already get distracted enough when I'm driving and talk on my iPhone. When I get pulled over how am I going to explain to a cop that I was just video conferencing with my friend haha.
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      how many people are out there like me that are saying "Yea, it has a front facing camera!!!" but are still wondering "What's the big flippin deal with video chat on a cell phone"

      Next thing you know people are going to chat roulette and drive instead of text