Apple hosted a huge event in California this week, and it was all
centered about the Mac
. We figured by the look of the invite that
software would be a huge part of the discussion, and indeed it was. One
of the major introductions at the event surrounded FaceTime
Apple's own video calling software, and while it's definitely not new
has enabled video chats for quite some time), it's one of the
more fluid implementations. But there's just one major problem: it's
only available between iPhone 4/iPod touch users.
No longer. Apple today introduced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac,
which is a standalone app that is separate from iChat and enables Mac
users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Mac
users. The app Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts, and it
works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks,
iMac and Apple LED Cinema Displays.
It's available to download today for free, but OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is
required. Give it a shot if you have been meaning to speak to your
folks back in Canada. Or wherever they are.
Apple Brings FaceTime to the Mac
Macs Can Video Call Over 19 Million iPhone 4 & iPod touch Users
CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today announced the public beta of FaceTime® for Mac®, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone® 4 and iPod touch®* users as well as other Macs. Featuring an easy to use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac® and Apple LED Cinema Displays.
“FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users.”
FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/mac/facetime.