Apple Intros FaceTime for the Mac [Update]

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Apple introduced a public beta version of FaceTime for the Mac on Wednesday. FaceTime is Apple’s video chat feature introduced with iOS 4, and previously available only for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Company CEO Steve Jobs said the FaceTime client for the Mac works seamlessly with other Macs and iOS devices, and a quick demo during Apple’s “Back to the Mac” media event seemed to back that up.

FaceTime for the Mac

The Mac version of FaceTime accesses your contacts in Address Book instead of requiring users to add contacts to a buddy list, and it supports the built-in iSight camera and mic in Mac laptop and desktop computers, as well as the new Apple LED Cinema Display.

The public beta of FaceTime requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard and an Apple ID. It is available for download at the Apple Web site.

[This article has been updated with additional information about FaceTime for the Mac.]

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6 Comments Leave Your Own

Tiger

Downloaded, installed, and tested between a MacPro, a MacBook Pro, and two iPhone 4s. All worked without a hitch!

Lee Dronick

Downloaded, installed, and tested between a MacPro, a MacBook Pro, and two iPhone 4s. All worked without a hitch!

I also downloaded it and installed it on my iMac and my MacBook Pro. Seems to work fine between my Macs, I don’t have an iPhone 4.

The interface seems cleaner than iChat.

Lee Dronick

@Tiger

How do you “call” from your iPhone 4 to a Mac, what is the procedure?

Lancashire-Witch

I’ve tried it between my IMac (my email address) and my wife’s iTouch (her email address) and it works fine.
It’s all based on contacts’ email address in your Address Book.

Tiger

It uses registered email addresses. It queries it to see if it’s available and rings it if it is.

The world just got a lot smaller again. I can vid to my niece and nephew hundreds of miles away. Sweet!

Lee Dronick

See this story at Ars Technica about Facetime having a security hole. A person to have physical access to a Mac with Facetime open, but if they do they can change your Apple ID password across the board.

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