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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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Group Facetime/iMessage

Is it possible yet in iOS 6?
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:32 AM   #2
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Lol no. Maybe in a few years.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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Is it possible yet in iOS 6?
Not that I've ever seen.

You mean like a Google Hangout?
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:50 AM   #4
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Not that I've ever seen.

You mean like a Google Hangout?
Yeah but for facetime or a group conversation with multiple people in iMessage?
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:55 AM   #5
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Group message will probably be the "killer feature" in iOS 7.
Until then, use WhatsApp - works perfect and supports iOS, Anroid, WP, BB, Symbian. The problem is that you can't switch from iMessage to SMS easily, because you can only send SMS to one person.

Isn't Facetime P2P? I think it would require a server-based solution to get group Facetime to work properly, especially over 3G. Besides that, it doesn't make much sense on the small screen of the iPhone. Not even Skype supports group video chats on iOS. Would definitely be a nice feature on the iPad and on OS X, especially to save the money for the Skype premium account.

But in the end, proprietary solutions are not the way to go for communication, unless you select your friends by their mobile operating system.

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Old Jun 16, 2012, 09:02 AM   #6
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Yeah but for facetime or a group conversation with multiple people in iMessage?
Apple is known to drip out features bit by bit, like the aformentioned Facetime over 3G "feature". It's safe to say that if it's not in the iOS6 beta, its being saved for a future iOS version down the road where it will be touted as a brand new feature of its own instead of what it really is, an enhancement that should have been there in the first place.

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Isn't Facetime P2P? I think it would require a server-based solution to get group Facetime to work properly, especially over 3G. Besides that, it doesn't make much sense on the small screen of the iPhone. Not even Skype supports group video chats on iOS. Would definitely be a nice feature on the iPad and on OS X, especially to save the money for the Skype premium account.
Group video chatting can already be done on Fring for iOS, so its not impossible.

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Group video chatting can already be done on Fring for iOS, so its not impossible.
I don't say it's impossible, but video group chat over 3G would be a mess if it was P2P, because you would have an additional direct connection for every user.
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4G will probably be standard soon though
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I don't say it's impossible, but video group chat over 3G would be a mess if it was P2P, because you would have an additional direct connection for every user.
I believe Fring is server side so you're probably right.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 09:21 AM   #10
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iMessage has group text chat, I use it all the time. And I have been since iMessage was released.
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iMessage has group text chat, I use it all the time. And I have been since iMessage was released.
How?
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 09:41 AM   #12
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When you compose a text, at the top where it says To: choose 2 or more people you want to group chat. It only work between iOS devices.

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Here is a screen shot of one of my group messages. LINK
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 10:22 AM   #13
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How?
seriously? just add whoever you want in the To: field. I do it all the time with 5-7 people but it can be more.

althought it would be nice to be able to start one from a group in your contacts.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:02 PM   #14
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Like someone said above, group iMessages are definitely possible. I use them daily. There is a group of friends and I that have a seven person chat going and when people don't want to get the messages anymore (i.e. going to sleep) we just switch to another chat. It is one of my favorite things about iMessage tbqh.

Just wish it worked with my Galaxy Nexus, but I'm planning on getting an iPhone soon so I won't have to just do it on my iPad.

P.S. We obviously all have iOS devices (all iPod touches except for my iPad) and I'm sure we could use a more "open" chat system, but we already have thousands of messages in there and a lot of pictures too.
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Old Jun 16, 2012, 08:13 PM   #15
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Just make sure Group Messaging is turned on in settings. If not, it sends it as separate messages and not a group message.

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