One of the things that makes Facetime so great is its simplicity. That’s probably in large part due to the obsessive nature of Steve Jobs. A new book has just come out that details so much of the philosophy of Apple and the late Steve Jobs: Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success.
Take a look if you enjoy getting the inside scoop from people who knew Jobs and Apple best.
So it’s a way to remotely control your iPhone to pan, zoom and tilt. As of this writing, the minimum threshold has been met to produce the Galileo, so you can put in your pledge now to receive one of the first ones, or simply wait until production ramps up and buy one off the shelf. Cool!
GREAT tip from Tidbits that points out something I (and I bet many of us) didn’t know:
Facetime uses the microphone at the top of the iPhone that is normally dedicated to noise-cancellation.
You probably know that there’s a speaker and a microphone at the bottom of the iPhone used for most calls, but when you put the iPhone into speakerphone or Facetime mode, the device uses its proximity sensor to tell you’re not holding the phone next to your face and it switches which microphone it uses to avoid feedback.
Although you will have the bandwidth to do a high quality video chat if you’re on a 4G LTE wireless cell network in the US, you wont be able to Facetime unless you’re on wifi. Word has begun trickling out (I saw it first on Cult of Mac) that the carrier-imposed restriction banning video chat over cell towers will remain in place as the iPad 3rd Generation gets into people’s hands this weekend.
The only upside to this is that you won’t have the chance to accidentally blow through all of your monthly allotment of data for your mobile plan.
As a little public service announcement, I wanted to point out that you can get a warranty for your new iPad 3 for cheaper than Applecare. Squaretrade is currently offering warranties for as low as $59.
Applecare has been $79 (slightly less at Amazon) BUT Apple has just raised renamed it Applecare + for iPads and raised the price to $99. My advice–pick up a copy of Applecare from a retailer while you still can before the stock runs out. Apple will honor the extended warranty and you’ll get a good deal while supplies last.
The internet is buzzing with anticipation of the newest (generation three) iPad. This site is primarily focused on Facetime & video chat technology, so let’s hit this highlight first. The big news from Apple in relation to the new iPad is that they have specified that the front-facing camera is officially the “Facetime” camera, while the back-facing (higher-quality 5 Megapixel) camera is now called the iSight camera.
Although the new iSight camera is the same super-awesome camera in the iPhone 4S, the Facetime camera is still the same old VGA (low-res) camera we’ve become so accustomed to.
Big news from Apple today! The future Mac OS X operating system (dubbed “Mountain Lion“) has been announced, and it’s taking messaging on your Mac one step further. Click through to find out more about the update, but it looks like there is going to be a central place on your Mac to deal with all messages to and from your Mac and iOS devices, including Factime. This is gonna be big!
Looks like someone has figured out a way to place Facetime calls, even on a “securely” locked iPhone. If you’re the paranoid type, you’ll want to check this out:
At its simplest, you’ll need the following to Facetime:
1. The Hardware (currently the following hardware supports Facetime: an iPhone 4 or 4S, iPod Touch 4 or 4S, iPad 2, Mac with a built-in iSight (webcam). You and your Facetime friend will each need one of these.
2. Facetime App. If you are on a Mac, you’ll need a copy of Facetime (which you can purchase from the Apple App Store). If you are on an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), the ability to Facetime is built in to the operating system.
3. A Facetime account. You can assign a phone number and/or an email to your Facetime account through your Apple ID. You’ll do this the first time you launch Facetime.
That’s the short version. What questions do you have about how to get Facetime up and running?
Putting a human touch on the technology, the NY Times published an article about how we are using technology not just for nerdery, but for connecting with each other. From “Skypanukkah” holiday celebrations, to saying a final goodbye to a dying relative across the country, the article is full of vignettes of how video chat is changing the way we connect with the people we love.
– NY Times article