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04-24-2010, 05:53 PM #1
Apple Planning Video-Enabled Social Network: Analyst
The revelation that the next-generation iPhone would feature a front-facing camera pleased many iPhone users and industry observers who had been clamoring for such a feature for some time. One analyst, however, thinks the camera is all a part of an Apple plan for a whole new kind of social networking: one that lets users share video of themselves while gaming or interacting. There are other mobile devices that have front-facing phones, and they're used for video calls (where the network supports that feature) and self-portraits... as well as mirrors. Noting that Apple can - and often does - make big, game-changing moves that create a whole new type of product or service that didn't really exist before, or only on a small scale (iPod, iTunes Store, iPhone, etc.), analyst Ezra Gottheil predicts that Apple is going to turn cameras-in-your-face into the next big thing.
Referring to Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer's announcement that Apple's margins may drop due to "future product transitions," Gottheil, a senior analyst with Technology Business Research, told Computerworld that he thinks this means "Apple is going to push into video conferencing, video social network or video social gaming." He's combining the camera news with the ongoing mystery about the purpose of what he calls "a humongous data center" Apple is building in North Carolina and suggesting that the two are more closely related. Many observers have opined that the data center is likely for some future Apple online offering, such as a cloud-based iTunes that would combine music/video sales and storage in the cloud. Gottheil allows that "Apple needs to get into the online services business," but disagrees that they'd be doing what other companies have done, saying that Apple's service "can't be plain vanilla."
Instead, Gottheil's idea is that Apple would use the data center to route the video communications between two different devices. They'd create "an application or two" to generate interest in the service, and then allow developers to create a whole range of networked, video-enabled apps that would allow users to do things like see and interact with each other as they game. This would allow them to "create a compelling and very sticky subscription service," Gottheil wrote in a research note to his clients on Wednesday.
In addition to the "lost and found" iPhone prototype, there have been indications that a future iPad model may also sport a front-facing camera. A teardown of the iPad done on the day it was released showed that there was a space for a component about the size of the iSight cameras used in the MacBook line, as well as a hole in the touchscreen glass for the lens.
04-24-2010, 06:04 PM #2
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What if we r talking to someone on the phone and the front facing camera turns on by itself...will they see the inside of our ears? =p
04-24-2010, 06:12 PM #3
LOL, maybe the front facing cameras can see the 3.1.3 jailbreak that's NEVER going to exist anytime soon.
04-24-2010, 06:18 PM #4
I don't get that picture, why are the buttons on the wrong side of the iPhone, even it was reflected in the mirror and erm...
^Yeh what's up with that,if they can jailbreak 4.0 with "recycled" exploits, why not release a 3.1.3 jailbreak, the iPhone is sooo f**king lame and stale with the ugly grey UI I want a jailbreak.
04-24-2010, 06:21 PM #5
This is kinda freaky IMO
04-24-2010, 06:40 PM #6
I didn't want to upgrade from 3.1.2, but had to restore at the same time, so I did.
Man, iPhone 4(HD) is going to be such a sick upgrade. I can't wait to have a faster phone. I think the new volume button layout is gonna make Glovepod a lot easier to use.
June/July? Bring it on. Then off to DC for August, so might just have to pick up an iPad too. Jubley.
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04-24-2010, 07:53 PM #9
I just hope we won't be limited to mobile to mobile video conferencing
04-24-2010, 07:54 PM #10
@southfrisco, there not new, i've had my lg shine with a front facing camera for almost 3 years now
04-24-2010, 08:17 PM #11
If that happens, I can see Skype and Plus taking advantage of that feature.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
04-24-2010, 08:40 PM #12
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04-24-2010, 08:44 PM #13
This seems pretty cool but how can we play a game and look at the person playing a game at the same time... wouldn't that make our game screen a lot smaller and ruin our gaming experience... Apple should at least make a typing pad for extra room =]
04-24-2010, 08:57 PM #14
Glad these features are coming
04-24-2010, 09:07 PM #15
"Video-enabled social network"? Already exists, it's called Youtube.
04-24-2010, 09:42 PM #16
@ipodboy at first look I'd say no way can they do that. Then I'd realize it's apple and it's a def possibility. Or maybe just to osx/iPhone if they wanna be dicks!
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04-24-2010, 10:54 PM #19
Add me to the list of people who think this will be awkward, inappropriate, and annoying. At anytime ur boss, mom, or girlfriend could call u with video chat.. That ex girlfriend might bait you to say or do something crazy and I rather not give them that option especially if that moment could lead to something embarrassing. Next thing you know it's all over YouTube too.
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04-24-2010, 11:47 PM #20
This is one thing ive been waiting for for a while. I hope they do it right and dont make it real crappy and make the next one so much better (They probably will). Also AT&T better not be dicks and try to say were going to charge u for using the video or add another 10 bucks to our data plan which is already 30 bucks. Dont screw this up AT&T