FaceTime Audio?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Wahlstrm, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a

    Wahlstrm

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    Hi,

    Apples website states that they removed FaceTime Audio when they updated the iPod Touch..

    Anyone who tried this on the 5? Did it work OK? Any idea why they removed the feature on the 6?

    Best voice app to use instead?
     
  2. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    Probably removed it because Apple doesn't like the idea that an iPod Touch could replace a phone.
     
  3. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    I started up FaceTime on my Touch 6 IOS 9 and I see FaceTime audio as an option.

    I haven't used it since I don't see the reason for audio only.
     
  4. Wahlstrm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The thing with FaceTime Audio is that the sound quality is awesome.
    And you know, it´s free :)

    Maybe the info is old and dates back to before the 6 was released..
     

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  5. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    I've used FaceTime audio many times (both on iOS 8.4 and iOS 9.1) on my 6th gen touch. That page is probably just outdated and from before the 6th gen came out.
     
  6. Starfia macrumors 6502

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    Yeah. And I think Apple does like the idea that one of their products could replace a phone. They've had to complicate their hardware and software in so many ways to even have a phone – that accommodationism seems like Apple's main non-Apple initiative in the last decade.
     
  7. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    Is the audio in FaceTime Audio better than the audio in FaceTime Video ? If not, I still don't see any reason why I would choose FaceTime Audio over FaceTime video.
     
  8. Wahlstrm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Don´t know if it´s better than video, since I never use FaceTime for video.
    But compared to normal phone calls the sound is so much better.
     
  9. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

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    Way lower bandwidth. Calling someone who is doing FaceTime on cellular so data savings. Better on battery life. Some people don't always want to do a video call. Hands free since it's basically a speaker phone call. Etc.
     
  10. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    I would agree on an iPhone but we are talking about the Touch 6 (wifi). On a Touch, I see no reasons for audio only but maybe I'm missing something ?

    I can't imagine the battery life would be that different.
     
  11. rijc99, Dec 11, 2015
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    rijc99 macrumors 6502a

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    But the person you are FaceTiming may not be on wifi. Their data connection may not permit a smooth video stream. Conversely, if you are at a public hotspot, that connection may be congested thereby not permit a smooth video experience. Or could be both.

    Regarding battery life on FaceTime audio... You can turn the screen off once you have established an audio connection. Turning the screen off would save you battery. Screen is one of the biggest power sucks. Important if you are not at a location where you can be tied to a charger.

    And again, not everyone wants to do a video call. FaceTime audio works pretty good with an iPhone headset.
     
  12. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    I didn't consider the person receiving the call so I can see the value of audio only on a Touch.
     

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