Difference between Facetime and iChat?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bobsbarricades, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. bobsbarricades macrumors regular

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  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    I was thinking the same thing, the only difference from what I can tell is that the Facetime can connect to people with iPhones.
     
  3. Xenc macrumors 6502a

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    Facetime can receive calls while closed (as long as your Mac is connected to the internet, of course).
     
  4. tnsmart macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know how this happens? Is there a process running in the background that is constantly connected to the internet?
     
  5. Turian.Spectre macrumors regular

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    There's a ApplePushService.framework included in the package of the app, so I'm going to say yes there is a process that constantly runs in the background which turns the app on when you get a call. Just a guess though, I'm no expert.
     
  6. bobsbarricades thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh wow, that's cool. But... why didn't they introduce that idea into iChat? and what are the limitations? Can I call my china iPhone owners for free?
     
  7. gks macrumors 6502

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    It uses a data connection. So long as your china iphone owners have wifi then yes.
     

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