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FaceTime for Mac makes it easy to talk, smile and laugh with friends and family on their iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch or Mac. Getting started is quick and easy — simply enter your Apple ID and you're ready to go. Whether you're talking to someone on an iPhone or on another Mac, video calls with FaceTime look great. There's no better way to keep all your favorite faces just a click away.
Simple to Get Started
• Setup is quick and easy – just enter your Apple ID.
• With just one click, you can make a video call to an iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch, or another Mac.
• Make calls using your existing Address Book contacts – you don’t have to enter your contacts from scratch.
• Add the people you call most often to your Favorites list.
• Quickly review your past calls with Recents.
• Receive HD video calls at up to 720p on supported, Intel-based Macs.*
• A Mac with a standard-definition camera delivers up to VGA-quality video for Mac-to-Mac calls.
• Window and playback controls fade away so the focus stays on your conversation.
• View transitions smoothly when an iPhone 4, iPad 2, or iPod touch user switches from front to rear cameras or from portrait to landscape views.
• FaceTime's widescreen aspect ratio makes it easy for families and groups to participate in a call.
• Enjoy your video call full screen, using every inch of your beautiful Mac display.
Ring Anywhere, Any Time
• Incoming calls ring on your Mac, even if FaceTime isn’t running.
• If you have more than one Mac, incoming calls ring on every one so you can answer on the Mac that’s most convenient.
*Video calls require a built-in FaceTime camera, an iSight camera (built-in or external), a USB video class (UVC) camera, or a FireWire DV camcorder; and a 128-Kbps upstream and downstream Internet connection. Making HD video calls requires a built-in FaceTime HD camera and a 1-Mbps upstream and downstream Internet connection. Receiving HD video calls requires a supported Intel-based Mac. (for a complete list, visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4534).
What's New in Version 1.0.2
Improves performance when FaceTime is taken full screen.
Well worth it
It is a bit tricky at first as one of the main things people are complaining about is problems with signing in (I also experienced this and had to make a new apple ID but that is because mine wasn't an email address and just numbers because I made it years ago). Once you have successfully signed in there is nothing but praise for this app. I just tried chatting to my girlfriend on skype and it was appauling, so glitchy and jumpy, the picture was literally two pixels and there was a lag between video/audio. It obviously led me to believe that there was something wrong with my internet until I thought of using FaceTime. Since I have started the conversation on here there has been nothing that has stood out to affect the video. I don't know what apple have done, but what took off to a slow start, FaceTime seems to be taking over Skype (In my opinion). It is definitely my first choice now over skype whenever I need to make a video call.
Wonderful first experiences
I headed off to India for a week long business trip, and hoped that Facetime would help me keep in contact with the family while I was away. I made sure that Facetime was set up appropriately before I went, but still had some reservation - howecver, they were completely unfounded!!
FaceTime was just fantastic - great video and audio quality, allowed me to wander around the hotel showing the family the room and hotel facilities. It may have taken 30 seconds or so to make tghe connection, however, when made, picture and sound were perfect. Travelled on to Delhi, the same story. This must be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the use of mobile technology - great job!!
Have used this to speak to family long distance from iMac to iPad and iPhone short distance, and found it worked fine. I use Skype to speak to PCs and reckon this is far superior. As others have mentioned, there was no jitter and pixel issues due to connection dropout are none existant. The only ? I have found is that my picture quality from the iMac is quite alot better than what I receive from the mobile devices, they see me crisp and clear whereas they are a little grainy at times. As for those who say this is a crap app, I think there may be deeper issues that they need to look at such as system health and compatability, or their broadband setup. Just a thought.
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: 22 March 2011
- Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 17.6 MB
- Languages: English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
- Developer: iTunes S.a.r.l.
- © 2010 Apple Inc.
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later