Apple announces FaceTime for the Mac, beta today

Apple said on Wednesday that it plans to release a FaceTime application for Mac.

Steve Jobs, Apple Chief Executive Officer, took to the stage to demonstrate FaceTime calling between iPhone 4 and Mac. FaceTime on Mac will support landscape mode by simply switching the picture to that mode easily. Jobs confirmed that a beta release of FaceTime for Mac will be available today.

Update: Apple has now released the beta download.

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Shadrack said,
No windows love

I doubt Apple will create it. But since FaceTime uses open standards then someone else will probably develop it.

ILikeTobacco said,

Which phone was it that you video chatted to a computer with?

There are a couple of them I have used over the past year. Do a web search and you will find a number of them that have software for the desktop and the phone.

nohone said,
So he "created" web cam chat. Been there, done that.

and you can use facetime apps with facetime camera on new MacBook Air.
Gosh, they rename everything.

How about 3G and 3GS support? Sure it doesn't have a front facing camera but it would still be useful (see the new version of Yahoo Messenger for iOS' implementation).

How will Mac's call iPhone's? But it is neat, just another cool thing for my iMac. Wonder where the beta download is at.

Dinggus said,
How will Mac's call iPhone's? But it is neat, just another cool thing for my iMac. Wonder where the beta download is at.

Probably the same way you can call people from Skype

Although not exactly revolutionary, the huge user base of iPhone users is what really makes this powerful.

Apple do it again, they take something that already exists but they put their stamp on it and make it 'just work' and accessible to more people. Tablets existed before Apple, Touch phones existed before Apple and as nohone said cell phone/PC chat existed before Apple too. It takes something special to keep doing this.

derekaw said,
Apple do it again, they take something that already exists but they put their stamp on it and make it 'just work' and accessible to more people. Tablets existed before Apple, Touch phones existed before Apple and as nohone said cell phone/PC chat existed before Apple too. It takes something special to keep doing this.

No it just takes a bunch of Apple Hype to get people buying crap they don't even really want but just cuz it's Apple they gotta have it. Same reason people buy BMWs and can't afford the insurance.

I am an Apple (hardware) lover by the way,

Co-ords said,
Just tried if from my Mac. It works like a charm! Love it!

I just tried it too, very very cool. It opens all these possibilities to call friends and to call my partner at home with video, my partner is often on their Mac and our Mac's are in the kitchen so this is very convenient. Did you notice that the FaceTime App is like an iOS app? No windows, just sliding between screens.

Apparently it is just 'Apple Hype' if you can believe SHoTTa35

Edited by derekaw, Oct 20 2010, 7:22pm : spelling

derekaw said,

I just tried it too, very very cool. It opens all these possibilities to call friends and to call my partner at home with video, my partner is often on their Mac and our Mac's are in the kitchen so this is very convenient. Did you notice that the FaceTime App is like an iOS app? No windows, just sliding between screens.

Apparently it is just 'Apple Hype' if you can believe SHoTTa35

So have you never tried Skype?

mrp04 said,

So have you never tried Skype?


Can I use Skype like this? Just instal and run the app? No, I can't, I must create an account and I must set up a new phone list, I must find the Skype address of the person I want to talk to, blah blah blah, this just works with what I have now and that is what is cool.

Apple has no choice but to make a Windows Version of FaceTime as they well know that most of iPhone/iPod users are PC Users not Mac users.

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