During his lecture “Back to the Mac” Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, said the FaceTime videoconferencing software was available as a beta version for the Mac platform.
This was during the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple introduced FaceTime videoconferencing solution for WiFi. Last month, the company has expanded FaceTime to the iPod Touch fourth generation. Ultimately, explains Steve Jobs, the Cupertino company has delivered 19 million FaceTime compatible devices. Yet one of the main criticisms of this free videoconferencing device was that only Apple mobile devices (iPhone 4 and iPod Touch v4) had the characteristics necessary to use FaceTime (dual camera actually), which excludes de facto GSM, 3G and 3GS iPhone and older iPod Touch. The arrival of FaceTime on Mac OS X v10.6.4 led to remedy this situation.
The main surprise of this ad is that FaceTime for Mac is a completely separate from Facetime PC conferencing software, which rely on instant messaging protocols (AIM, GoogleTalk …) application. FaceTime software based SIP with H.264 blocks, AAC, STUN, TURN, ICE, RTP, and SRT, and allows him to use the contacts from the address book of Mac OS X that can be synchronized with the iPhone.
Just click on a user name to appeal to an iPhone, iPod Touch or Mac if they are connected to the network. If any FaceTime-enabled device is detected, the call will succeed of course not. Note finally that Apple wants to make FaceTime an open standard to attract other partners on its platform videoconferencing.
Other publishers already offer free video conferencing software on a public network, Yahoo 2.0 for example, Mac and iPhone, but to use FaceTime is much more simple to use.