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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.
Happy as a clam.
Like many of the recent reviewers, I'm not real sure what all the negetive reviews are about. I too am a great Mac supporter, with an iPad, iPad2, MacBook Pro and 8 iPhones from 3Gs's to 4s, and a new iPod (I've got too many kids). :) I was also running the beta until 1.0.2 came out. When I saw it, I removed the beta and ran the install out of the App Store. 40 seconds later it was done and working. I didn't lose my fav list or anything. (Recent call list did vanish, but that was fine).
I've opened and close it many times to try to get it to fail. I've tested it on calls to all the iPhone4s and the iPad2... I've tested it to other Mac both in network and out. Including one in another country... No problems. NONE! No crashing, loss of connectivity. No calls not going through. Success rate wise, Facetime is actually better than my cell carrier. I've even got contacts with multiple Facetime devices and I have no problem picking between devices and calling...
I had no problems, but if you're nervous, I'de remove the beta before installing the new version. Just delete the app file in your Applications dir. Other than that, "...it just works." ;-P
Works fine on our MBPs and iPad2s, but they need better instructions about multiple apple ID emails
The app itself works fine. No problem setting up our MacBook Pros and iPad 2s to connect. What is totally messed up, however, is the fact that Apple considers any email address you've used for anything Apple-related (Mobile Me, iTunes Store, iOS Game Center, etc.) to all be "an email connected to your Apple ID". In effect, you can have multiple Apple IDs. And this is where FaceTime gets totally confused, because it expects only *one* email to be "your Apple ID". So you can use one of them for your iPad, for example, and then if you try to add additional email addresses to Facetime on that iPad, you'll get the dreaded "this email is already in use" message. Same deal on your other computers. What's weird is that my MBP would accept only one of my several emails associated with my Apple ID, but the iPad would only accept a *different* email from that same set.
Apple just needs to fix this stupidity, or else they need to provide really strong documentation/help on understanding which email addresses to use, and ideally also for consolidating all of your Apple IDs down to one single email address.
Do not buy this if you have 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or ealier!
There is a known issue with this app, which is especially prevalent for those running Snow Leopard (10.6.8 and earlier). The outgoing audio cuts out during almost every conversation. The picture still works fine, and you can still hear and see the other person, but they can no longer hear you!
It happens at different times into the call each time, but happens with almost every use, if you're on for more than a few minutes. Once it does, the person you're talking to can no longer hear you, and there is no known fix. Sometimes a restart of your machine makes it disappear for a bit, but it simply recurs on the next call.
Apple is aware of the issue but has no immediate plans to fix it. They should really be offering a refund of the app cost, as it makes the thing almost useless, but they haven't been making this offer. You can get the same functionality from Skype, which is free, so I'd suggest using that instead and saving yourself a buck! Shame on Apple for not fixing this, and not offering a refund even though theyr'e aware of it!!!!
(p.s. The beta version didn't have this issue and was free, so don't upgrade if you have the free beta.)
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: Mar 22, 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
- Seller: Apple Inc.
- © 2010 Apple Inc.
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later