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  • FaceTime on Your TV Via AirPlay in iOS 5

    FaceTime is... well... FaceTime. It's a serviceable video phone-calling application, but isn't the most feature filled video-calling or video-conferencing solution around.

    However, an interesting little feature lurking around inside of iOS 5, if fully embraced by Apple, has the potential to make FaceTime infinitely more interesting. That feature is called AirPlay mirroring. Users with an AirPlay-enable device, like an HDTV, can mirror their FaceTime calls onto a larger screen.

    So far the video quality is subpar at best, most likely due to the limitations of the iPhone 4's front facing camera. Sending lag free high-definition video over the air could also be an issue as well. However, if the iPhone 5 has an upgraded camera this new AirPlay mirroring coupled with FaceTime could prove to be a rather nice video-conferencing tool.

    I could definitely see myself using this feature to stay in touch with family members and friends across the country.

    Source: Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FaceTime on Your TV Via AirPlay in iOS 5 started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Just use your Video Kinect feature since it's already mounted on your TV, LOL!

      Seriously though, until a better front facing camera is available for the iPhone I'll be sticking to my Video Kinect...
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      thats rene from the iPhone blog lol
    1. kaician's Avatar
      kaician -
      If you're not gonna be looking at the iphone's screen in the first place, there's good reason not to switch to the back camera and just use the TV as the monitor (which is the goal anyway).

      Or is that feature taken away in iOS5?

      If you're not gonna be using the iphone's screen anyway (which is the point of using the TV in the first place) can't you just use the TV to view the call and switch to the back camera for a higher quality picture?

      Is that feature taken out of iOS5
    1. jlmr's Avatar
      jlmr -
      If you used your iphone4, how did you enable AirPlay mirroring? Or is AirPlay embedded in the FaceTime app?