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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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FaceTime Audio Coming to Macs With Next OS X Update




The OS X 10.9.2 beta first distributed to developers this afternoon includes Apple's FaceTime audio, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) feature that was originally introduced to the iPhone with iOS 7. With FaceTime audio on both iOS and OS X, Apple users will be able to seamlessly call one another from any device.

FaceTime audio is designed to allow users to initiate voice-only calls with other FaceTime users without turning on the accompanying video feed. Currently, Macs running Mavericks only have access to the standard FaceTime app, which bundles both video and audio.

Users who are interested in voice-only communications on Macs have to resort to using third-party apps like Skype or switching to Messages, both of which allow for video chats and voice-only chats.

According to 9to5Mac, the FaceTime audio feature is "integrated deeply" into both the Messages and FaceTime apps, making voice communication between Apple users on any device easier than ever. With Messages, FaceTime, and FaceTime audio on iOS and OS X, Apple will have a complete communication system in place.

With a simple way to answer telephone calls and chat requests from all devices, those in Apple's ecosystem will have little reason to resort to alternative VoIP apps when communicating with other Apple users. FaceTime audio is also a high-quality VoIP choice, as it uses the AAC-ELD codec for Full-HD Voice. AAC-ELD is designed to provide CD-like audio quality for voice calls, delivering high speech and audio quality at a low coding delay.

It is unknown when OS X 10.9.2 will be released to the general public, but OS X 10.9.1 was in development for just over a month before it was distributed earlier this week. While Apple has been known to remove beta features ahead of release, it is likely FaceTime audio will make it to end users as it is already available on iOS.

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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Awesome and LONG overdue.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:15 PM   #3
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I fail to see how this is going to be practical when Facetime is not open. Can't use it with my wife because she has an Android phone.

Don't get me wrong it is good that this is addressed but I don't really know who would extensively use this apart from one or two friends.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:16 PM   #4
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Love that it's hi def!
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:17 PM   #5
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I like it and will most likely use it from time to time. It would be nice to take a phone call on my Mac without video.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:18 PM   #7
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I love FaceTime Audio! So long Skype!

FTA is worth the cost of the Apple ecosystem by itself.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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It was a bad move renaming iChat. FaceTime was never a great name and it's even more awkward now.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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Great! And speaking of deep integration, let's have a Messages app update on OSX. It looks so outdated now that I'm used to iOS7!
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:24 PM   #10
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conference calls

that is gr8...
but what about conference calls?
adding this feature will send Skype to the graveyard.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:24 PM   #11
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Its stuff like this that gives the carriers nightmares!

And for that I will forever be grateful to Jobs for giving the power back to the people!
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:26 PM   #12
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1. That's great. I've been wanting this.
2. Can it please be a part of Messages? It's weird that I have one app for IM and the AOL/.Mac/MobileMe/whatever video and audio chat then another just for FaceTime.

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that is gr8...
but what about conference calls?
adding this feature will send Skype to the graveyard.
This too. But to kill Skype, FaceTime has to go cross-platform.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:26 PM   #13
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that is gr8...
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adding this feature will send Skype to the graveyard.
Huh? Only iOS devices will have that feature. Skype runs on everything including TV's now.
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It was a bad move renaming iChat. FaceTime was never a great name and it's even more awkward now.
They renamed iChat to "Messages", a standard non-proper English noun. Even worse than FaceTime because you can't Google it without getting a ton of irrelevant results!!
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I'm getting close to canceling my text plan because most of the people I text have iPhones anyway. This might allow me to go to a zero minute plan as well. That explains why data is so darn expensive. Obviously, carriers have seen this coming for a while. Hence, the unlimited minute plans.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:28 PM   #16
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I'm SO going to use this. It's 'free' and better sound quality makes it even better.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:28 PM   #17
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They should just call it VoiceTime.
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Very cool. I can see myself using this all the time.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:29 PM   #19
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I'm getting close to canceling my text plan because most of the people I text have iPhones anyway. This might allow me to go to a zero minute plan as well. That explains why data is so darn expensive. Obviously, carriers have seen this coming for a while. Hence, the unlimited minute plans.
Then some scumbag with a random phone sends you text message... 30 cents down the drain. Unless you have a carrier that lets you totally cancel SMS.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:32 PM   #20
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awesome, I love it. video calls is the future,
but audio calls is still more convenient.
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I fail to see how this is going to be practical when Facetime is not open. Can't use it with my wife because she has an Android phone.

Don't get me wrong it is good that this is addressed but I don't really know who would extensively use this apart from one or two friends.
FaceTime can notify you of incoming FaceTime calls even when it is not open. If you want to call someone who uses iOS when you are at your Mac, it will be easy. How often this comes up for you will depend how many of your friends use iOS / Macs. I suggest getting your wife an iPhone.
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I fail to see how this is going to be practical when Facetime is not open. Can't use it with my wife because she has an Android phone.

Don't get me wrong it is good that this is addressed but I don't really know who would extensively use this apart from one or two friends.
Well said. What good is a calling feature if it's not open? I thought way back when Facetime was introduced, Apple said it would be made open.
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It was a bad move renaming iChat. FaceTime was never a great name and it's even more awkward now.
I don't think iChat had a very good reputation, and the names conjures up the 'chat rooms' of the 1990s. Apple needed to rebrand and they did.
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Well said. What good is a calling feature if it's not open? I thought way back when Facetime was introduced, Apple said it would be made open.
It doesn't need to be open, its built into the core of OS X. I never have my facetime or messages app open, and I'm still able to receive notifications and calls.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 06:45 PM   #25
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I wonder if Apple will ever get this to the UMA/wifi calling levels that I used with TMobile? That would be a killer app!
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