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  • BGR: iPod touch, iPad Getting FaceTime



    It appears that FaceTime is coming to the iPad and iPod touch, according to new details presented by BRG. If you're scratching your head as to how devices without phone numbers will accommodate FaceTime, "sources" tell BGR that users will be able to register their Apple ID to their touch or iPad and then associate an email address to that particular ID. In other words, calls will then be facilitated by selecting the email of your contact.
    Apple will also reportedly make use of push notifications to deliver these incoming FaceTime connection requests as we have been informed there is a push notification detector tied into the FaceTime frameworks in the new iPhone OS 4.1 beta.
    There remains some confusion, however, as to how an iPod touch will hook up with an iPhone for a FaceTime chat because it appears at present that Apple would still require the use of the iPhone's phone number, and not an associated email address. But BGR anticipates that Apple will soon roll out a "unified" method of talking across all iDevices that will be as simple as any other iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad feature that we're used to.

    Naturally, the argument assumes that the iPod touch and iPad have front-facing cameras, which, of course, they do not. Any attempt by Apple to bring FaceTime to other devices within its product line would almost require an iPod and iPad refresh in the near future. Prior to "leaks" that FaceTime is coming to these iDevices later this year, we had heard rumblings about an aforementioned refresh on tap for September. Perhaps the developments will now be rolled out in tandem.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: BGR: iPod touch, iPad Getting FaceTime started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      It makes sense to have this ability with the next gen iPod touch and second gen iPad. So I guess for those devices facetime will be added to the contacts app (since there is no phone app for those devices)?

      Right now it is much more elegant on an iPhone 4. Using emails is a little messy but I think they should consider how Blackberry handles their BBM (messenger) service. Give each "i" device a PIN number for facetime. Give that out to your friends who have "i" devices. When you want to facetime with someone with a capable "i" device just enter the Phone app (for iPhone 4) or Contacts app (for iPad and iPod touch), select contact and click facetime (with an associated pin number). The request is pushed via wifi to the recipient and if they are available they enable facetime again via wifi. That would work perfectly and the only hassle would be passing out your personal facetime PIN.
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      facetime on the ipad will be great
    1. inyuke's Avatar
      inyuke -
      okay this is just getting out of hand...
      1. the ipod is for music needs not social networking (phone)
      2. The ipad i support due to the fact it will server as a "webcam".
      3. I hate it how people with ipod touches will think htye are like iphones.. and it is annoying when people come up to you and ask .. "is that and iphone or ipod?" im like dude get it right! its an iphone!
      4. This is not logical due to the fact that it will basically be like a cheaper iphone.. which is absurd.. i want the features to be on iphones not some music player product.. want to see those on a product that i paid for way more!
    1. bholloway's Avatar
      bholloway -
      Nice
    1. tomobe's Avatar
      tomobe -
      I am thinking change new one