Facetime: Between an iPod Touch & a MacBook?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by HappyDude20, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    In about 5 months i'll be moving to Japan for a few months (4) and am seriously considering the iPod Touch.

    I have a MBP and am wondering if there'd be any way to video chat with my MBP in Japan, facetiming with say my folks' who are residing in California.

    Obviously if I had an iPod Touch along with them we'd be able to facetime from different continents but am curious about that iPod Touch>to>MacBook (or any webcam computer) compatibility.

    *As a side note i'll mention whats running through my mind right now:

    Considering i'm gonna be living over in Japan for a while and wanting to video chat with family, i'd be willing to rid my iPad for 2 new iPod Touches..so they'd each have one. This is really only a consideration cause the old dinosaur laptops my parents have don't even have web cams, or even more than a gig of RAM.


    Sigh, ah thoughts.
     
  2. Satori macrumors 6502a

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    You can't use facetime to call a macbook from an iPod touch but Fring should do what you need.
     
  3. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    A bit confused here.

    So my folks' have a facetime ipod touch, of which they open the fring app to video chat with me...


    ..using what service though? Google Voice? Skype isn't supported anymore..
     
  4. Satori macrumors 6502a

    Satori

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    Sorry I wasn't clear...

    Fring will work with services like MSN and AIM as well as Google Voice.
     
  5. donlab macrumors 6502

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    skype

    what about skype? does it not support video calls on Ipod Touch?
     
  6. Brewstermax macrumors member

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    I do forsee such compatibility in OS X 10.7, however, that could be some time in the future, and I do not know what your plans are. FaceTime is an open standard, anyone can access it. But, as of now, only iPod touch and iPhone are FaceTime compatible.
     
  7. M-5 macrumors 65816

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    Have they improved on the Fring service since they started video conferencing on the iPhone? Because when they started it a while ago, I used my iPhone 4 on wifi to chat with my sister on a MacBook Pro on wifi and the video quality was horrendous.

    Edit: and I don't think it was my connection speed because I also tried FaceTiming with an Apple rep right after and the quality was like night and day.
     
  8. Guiguiga macrumors regular

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    YOU should be able to make skype calls throughout all platforms and devices that support skype. I'm also hoping I can install skype on the touch and use its camera as well.
     
  9. ct95 macrumors regular

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    Facetime is not possible to a Mac, but I imagine it has to be coming soon, probably within the next several months to a year? If not, there's gotta be an app for that.
     

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