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Apple Debuts Facetime for the Mac, Beta Available Today

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Steve Jobs announced FaceTime video conferencing for the Mac at today's Back to the Mac event. The new feature allows Mac users to communicate via FaceTime with other Macs and other Facetime-capable devices including the iPhone 4 and the 4th-generation iPod touch.

A beta release of Facetime for the Mac will be downloadable today from Apple's site at http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/. Jobs noted that there are already more than 19 million Facetime-capable devices in use today.

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nep61

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Never used Facetime on my iPhone 4.... doubt I'll use it on my MBP
 
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roland.g

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Requires Snow Leopard 10.6.4. So no running it on any older or non-upgraded Mac. :(

I agree it should be built into iChat.

Right now I have an iMac and a MacBook both running 10.6.4. But my mom has a 12" PowerBook running 10.5.x. She can't update to SL. Now I have an iPad and an iP4 and when new iPads come out with FaceTime and cameras, I will sell the current iPad to update, sell my iMac and give mom my MacBook and get a newer iMac. With the MacBook she can then FaceTime with the grandkids on our iPad.
 
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audioteknika

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I'm trying to login using my iTunes account.. but it says that my email is currently in use..
 
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macfan881

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What about the other PC users who have a iPhone 4? i know quite a few who want this.
 
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roland.g

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My thoughts exactly. I don't know why they needed a whole new piece of software to do what iChat did, except not with iDevices. I wonder if FaceTime will replace iChat in Lion.

I hope not. We use iChat Theater and iChat Screen Sharing with both my mom and my dad on their Macs. The iChat Screen Sharing is especially helpful with helping them fix problems on their Macs. Take over and do it for them instead of trying to explain.
 
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NeuralControl

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The Beta is still showing up as an iWork demo. Hopefully that will get fixed soon.

I'm really glad FaceTime is now on the Mac. It really didn't make sense for Apple to not have it at the launch of the iPhone 4. I'll be using FaceTime a lot more now.
 
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Mac-Mariachi

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Just in time!

This just came just in time for us! My wife will take a trip for a few days tomorrow and I´m just finished installing FaceTime in her MBP so Kids can call her from their iPods or iMac. Let´s see how it works!
 
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wrmoody

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Still doesn't let you download

I am still getting the redirection to the iwork09.dmg. The link is still broken.
 
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jhartstein

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The link was working incorrectly pointing you to an iWork 09 download... It has since been fixed.


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Steve Jobs announced FaceTime video conferencing for the Mac at today's Back to the Mac event. The new feature allows Mac users to communicate via FaceTime with other Macs and other Facetime-capable devices including the iPhone 4 and the 4th-generation iPod touch.

A beta release of Facetime for the Mac will be downloadable today from Apple's site at http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/. Jobs noted that there are already more than 19 million Facetime-capable devices in use today.

Article Link: Apple Debuts Facetime for the Mac, Beta Available Today
 
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rorschach

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Calling it now:

Separate app is just for the Snow Leopard beta. Will be integrated into iChat in Lion, beta will expire when Lion is released.
 
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ManWhoCan

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Just keep trying, got iWork demo a couple of times but then got the real thing.

Only 14.1MB, just made a call to my phone, works great!
 
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