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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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Apple to Release an 'iSight HD'?






One reader has found references to an unreleased High Definition USB iSight in Apple's QuickTime system files. The line is specifically labeled "Next Generation USB iSight" in QuickTime's localizable.strings and also carries a reference of 'iSight HD'. We're not sure how old this reference is, but a quick Google search shows no previous discussion of it. Still, it remains possible that this could be an old reference to a project that is no longer planned.

The iSight was an external Firewire webcam that Apple sold between 2003 and 2006. Apple stopped selling the stand-alone iSight in December of 2006. Apple has since integrated iSight cameras into their laptops and iMac, but their external displays remain camera-less.




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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:40 PM   #2
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nice...

how sweet would that be to have a new isight with new displays for mac pros.

or even higher res in macbook, air , pro and imac
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:41 PM   #3
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:43 PM   #4
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Now this, I would LOVE to see!

...literally, haha.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:45 PM   #5
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I predict a iSight HD (Mac + PC) rollout next June to coincide with the new iPhone with video chat. Also iChat for Windows. That way both Windows PCs and Macs can video call each other as well as call iPhones, and iPhones can call both Macs and PCs with the service installed.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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This has been there since atleast September 10th, 2007 and 10.4.10.

http://techslaves.org/index.php?PHPS...pmod;dl=item16

I installed this exact file onto my system previously because I actually deleted it by accident when I was installing a plugin for Quicktime.

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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:49 PM   #7
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I predict a iSight HD (Mac + PC) rollout next June to coincide with the new iPhone with video chat. Also iChat for Windows. That way both Windows PCs and Macs can video call each other as well as call iPhones, and iPhones can call both Macs and PCs with the service installed.
all to go along with new acds
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:50 PM   #8
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:51 PM   #9
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seriously, who FINDS this stuff?!
I know really, it took me 3 minutes just to go through all the subfolders to get to it.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:51 PM   #10
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It's about time. The 640x480 resolution on the current iSights is pathetic.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:52 PM   #11
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I predict a iSight HD (Mac + PC) rollout next June to coincide with the new iPhone with video chat. Also iChat for Windows. That way both Windows PCs and Macs can video call each other as well as call iPhones, and iPhones can call both Macs and PCs with the service installed.
It's plausible, but why would Apple go back rather than forward? As the article states Apple discontinued the line of standalone USB iSight cameras in 2006, and seeing as though this would be the only logical way they could bring iSight to PC, I just can't see it.

However Apple just loves building eco-systems and interconnectivity between it's products. We can see this with iPod, Mac and iTunes ...
so the iChat integration you are depicting could happen.

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Old Jun 15, 2008, 05:53 PM   #12
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I'd love to see an updated 30" ACD with a built-in iSight HD!
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:00 PM   #13
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It's plausible, but why would Apple go back rather than forward? As the article states Apple discontinued the line of standalone USB iSight cameras in 2006, and seeing as though this would be the only logical way they could bring iSight to PC, I just can't see it.

However Apple just loves building eco-systems and interconnectivity between it's products. We can see this with iPod, Mac and iTunes ...
so the iChat integration you are depicting could happen.

R-Fly

I would love it if they could get iChat to work easily beween Macs first before theyconsider expanding the service to the iPhone and Windows...
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I'd love to see an updated 30" ACD with a built-in iSight HD!
that would be nice, but it seems as if this string is referencing usb.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:03 PM   #15
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All of the built-in iSights appear as "USB Class Video" or something similar in other applications since they use a USB connection.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:07 PM   #16
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It's about time. The 640x480 resolution on the current iSights is pathetic.
The iSight in most Macs now has a higher resolution than that, iChat caps it to 640x480 for video chat. If you select it as a source in iMovie you can see the full res.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:13 PM   #17
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It's about time. The 640x480 resolution on the current iSights is pathetic.
I would say thats a little overkill. That is pretty much the standard right now.

Oh and the built in iSights have a max resolution of 1280x1024.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:15 PM   #18
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maybe if they dropped an HD iSight into their cinema displays, they'd actually be worth their cost.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:16 PM   #19
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The iSight in most Macs now has a higher resolution than that, iChat caps it to 640x480 for video chat. If you select it as a source in iMovie you can see the full res.
Current iSights are 1280x1024. For clarity on the matter.
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Current iSights are 1440×900. For clarity on the matter.
There we go - all sorted.

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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:21 PM   #21
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I have the iSight and I really like it. Everybody I video chat with loves the quality.
I still wonder why they discontinued them.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:21 PM   #22
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I'd be happy with an update to ACD. This was "rumored" a long time ago and then fizzled out. The ACD are still gorgeous, but a built-in camera and some higher res options would be sick.

Alas, as the previous poster stated, this reference has been around for over a year......no rumor here.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 06:26 PM   #23
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Since Apple stopped selling iSight, they have recommended the Logitech QuickCam Ultra Vision which has a resolution of 960 x 720. It's the only web-cam that Apple sells in its online store.

I believe the sensors in Apple's newer Macs are close to that resolution.

Regarding the USB references, the current built-in iSight cameras use an internal USB 2 connection.

As I recall, the EU forced Apple to take iSight off the market because of heavy lead concentrations. I'm not sure if this is why they took it out of all markets. Anyone know?

Edit: Forgot to make my point. Based on the fact that the internal iSights are USB 2 and that the newer ones probably could be said to have "HD" resolution (whether or not they use that resolution), the references may be to already existing built-in iSights.
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