Starting in iOS 7 you could already make audio-only Facetime calls person-to-person. But with the upcoming point release of Max OS X Mavericks, you’ll be able to place audio calls from your Mac as well.
Check out 9 to 5 Mac for the details.
You may recall that Facetime uses extremely high-quality audio for voice calls–much better than you can get over traditional phone lines. This will be big.
An apparently new warning message, first spotted by iDevice, shows up if users try to disable 3G data while on a FaceTime call. “Disabling 3G may end FaceTime,” it reads. “Are you sure you want to disable 3G?” Since the call is still running over Wi-Fi, disabling it does nothing, but re-enabling it afterwards gives a similar message. “Enabling 3G will end your phone call. Are you sure you want to enable 3G?”
Video calling over 3G on Facetime has got to be one of the most requested features we’ve clamored for since its debut. Looks like it’s just waiting in the wings.
The web is buzzing with rumors and ideas on what Apple’s next big idea may be. Combine an opinion piece by TheNextWeb.com that Apple may be considering a FaceTime and iMessage-like audio messaging service and some news floated by MacRumors that Apple has just open-sourced its proprietary audio codec.
Put simply, the pieces are in place for high-quality, free phone calls on your iPhone.
Both articles are worth a read. What if Apple is not only the next Sony, but also the next AT&T?
With the release of the authorized biography of Steve Jobs
, many interesting details are coming to light. AppleInsider was the first to point out that the book quotes Steve Jobs as saying that he finally “cracked” the problem of making a great TV. Some people have speculated that this would involve a new Apple TV with Siri integration and Facetime from your living room TV setup. It could be very cool, indeed, taking Facetime to a whole new level. Read the full article on the possibilities, but if Apple’s track record with the iPod, iPhone & iPad are any indication, if Apple has a TV up its sleeve, it’s a bigger and better deal that what we can imagine.