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  • iPhone 4 Redefines "FaceTime"


    Steve Jobs had "one more thing" for us all today at Apple's 2010 WWDC. As we all sort of expected but were thrilled to see confirmed nonetheless, the 4th generation iPhone will deliver video chat capabilities. Although the widely anticipated name - iChat - won't be utilized, "FaceTime" provides the same, much-anticipated functionality - the ability to place and receive video phone calls.

    "The video and audio quality is great," said Jobs, demonstrating the impressive look and sound to the video chat function on the iPhone 4. Broadcasting to the live audience a Sam Mendes-directed commercial that will likely have millions in tears before it's all said and done, the video chat component is depicted helping a hearing-impaired man communicate with his family through the new iPhone. Punctuating the emotion of the video, Steve Jobs noted that "this is one of the moments that reminds us of why we do what we do."

    Not surprisingly, however, with the burdensome data demands already incumbent upon the AT&T cellular network, FaceTime will first be available as WiFi-only. As it stands, expect this limitation to remain in effect for the duration of 2010. Jobs observed, to a response of audible chuckles from the crowd, that they have to “work a little bit” with carriers in order to get 3G video calling enabled. Luckily, there is no set-up and it appears both the front and backside cameras will be functional during chats.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Redefines "FaceTime" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. mamirza's Avatar
      mamirza -
      Quote Originally Posted by delizaza23 View Post
      I would not be surprised if Apple show us left and punch with the right. I mean a very hard jailbreak or new boot loader. I don't know I have a feeling that those guys who put effort in to jail-breaking the ios 4 may be disappointed along with us
      Let's be optimistic, and look for what comes up !
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      As many have said already I too am not impressed with this feature. Simply because its iPhone 4 to iPhone 4. At least that is the impression I’m getting.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      It's not. Jobs specifically mentioned on the keynote that facetime will be an open standard. So while at launch it will only be an iPhone 4 only deal, there will be nothing stopping developers of integrating facetime to their applications.

      It may not be the simplest of solutions, but it's not a closed-system.

      FYI by applications I don't mean on the phone. I'm referring to PC apps like skype/messenger/etc.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      You contract running out or upgrading or buying a new device does NOT obligate your to change rate plans. AT&T's Facebook account has confirmed this. AT&T cannot legally force you out of your unlimited plan. All they can do is change the rules for NEW customers.

      AT&T New Wireless Data Plans
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      That said, they do have clauses in the terms of services where try are able to simply close your account at no penalty/cost to you. This is only for rare cases like if you move out of the coverage area into a roaming area where there's simply no AT&T service. They'll send you a notice that they can't provide you service and that they'll close the account in a couple of days, giving you time to port numbers / move to another carrier.

      I'm not saying they will do this with iPhone users, just wanted to clarify that while they legally CAN'T change your plan, they COULD drop you like a sack of rocks :P
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      I wonder how much data will this suck up if you do it over 3G ? Must have unlimited data /jailbroken if your going to use this a lot.
    1. laz305's Avatar
      laz305 -
      any takers I bet my 3GS AT&T will secretively charge you for facetime
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      what about confrence call/ 3 or more callers? not likely out of the box.. I thought I saw some early leaked photo of video conferencing on iphone4?
      what about IM intergration etc.. for windows live and hotmail IM, etc.? maybe app store apps will support it.

      We will need one J/b facetime app that does it all.. I have faith. I think it will be done.
    1. laz305's Avatar
      laz305 -
      Quote Originally Posted by extremzocker View Post
      apple manages to make old things sound like new so they sell like crazy. if this wasnt the iPhone no one would care about video chat.
      my thoughts exactly, this video calling is almost a century old and they make it seem like they just invented it lol
    1. mobay's Avatar
      mobay -
      looking forward to the jailbreak!