FaceTime features could be expanded...

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by -LikesMac-, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. -LikesMac- macrumors 6502

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    You know, FaceTime right now is cool, but I can see that there are certain things that can be improved.

    For FaceTime video calling, it would be better if multiple people could be in the video chat (just like Google+'s hangouts feature where multiple people could be in a conversation).

    FaceTime audio can have multiple people too (aka conference calling). The biggest problem I see with FaceTime audio, though, is that it is not integrated with normal calling as it is. Just as the Messages app automatically switches to iMessages when the other person has iMessage turned on, so should the Phone app automatically use FaceTime Audio when the other person has iMessage turned on. However, it should also be checked that the other person has FT Audio enabled for cellular data (that is, when the other person is not on wifi).

    Another problem is the naming of "FaceTime Audio." It just doesn't make sense—there's no face being shown in this feature. IMO, it should be renamed to VoiceTime :D

    What do you guys think? :)
     
  2. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    I have a sneaking suspicion that FaceTime Audio will replace regular calling in later versions of iOS if both people have iPhones.
     
  3. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    The question is, why hasn't it been done already? It's so obvious that it should have been implemented already.

    And yes, FaceTime Audio is the stupidest name they could have given to the feature. It has nothing to do with FaceTime! It is VoIP calling, so something along the lines of VoiceTime or TalkTime. Maybe iChat? :D
     
  4. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    Well, as far as I can tell, FaceTime audio is only on beta software atm
     
  5. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Voice time sounds stupid and people already know what FaceTime is so why not call it FaceTime audio? And yes I think it should default to FaceTime audio but not before there is conference call built in.
     
  6. Infinitewisdom macrumors 6502

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    I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they expand both FT video and audio to support more than two people. The technology is there, but clearly they are taking baby steps for some reason.
     
  7. -LikesMac- thread starter macrumors 6502

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    FaceTime Audio is a bad term simply because it seems to suggest that one will see a face using this program. Also, there are some people that will receive a FaceTime Audio call but will decline it soon after seeing "FaceTime." I know this from experience; I had to explain to some of my friends that FaceTime Audio is not about video chat (they did not pay attention to the "Audio" part).

    Planned obsolescence? It could be that Apple is reserving it for a future generation of iOS devices (though that would complicate things between newer and older iOS devices). After all, multi-FT video/audio may not have smooth performance on the devices that we have as of now. :p
     
  8. MattInOz macrumors 68030

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    sssshhhh.... they don't want the phone companies to find out, otherwise they'll need to improve their customer service to avoid becoming just big dumb pipe providers.
     
  9. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    i think the reason why facetime audio hasn't really took off yet is because of the carriers. they'll bitch like crazy (but who cares).

    in the future we'll just have data plans and everything will be over data.
     
  10. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    Because it's not FaceTime... in any way.
     
  11. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

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    About ur feature saying face time can be merged default when the other has an iOS devise like in iMessage ... I don't that would be possible for apple unless u use 3G or 4G because during a call(even FaceTime) the normal 2G is temporarily off and only wifi is connected .. While in 3G and 4G I think the network is off that's y u can FaceTime on 3G and not 2G.. I tried to do audio on normal 2G and I couldn't ..
     
  12. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    What? FaceTime audio is in the final release of 7.0
     
  13. Fatboy71 macrumors 65816

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    The only problem I could see with that is. I presume that if you are not on wifi, does FaceTime Audio use your mobile data connection instead?

    If it does and you were to make a lot of your calls to other iPhone users (which is a common occurrence now) then you could easily use all of your mobile data allowance up in next to no time. Here in the UK, there is only one of the four mobile providers that gives unlimited data.
     
  14. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    I would assume they have an option to disable FaceTime Audio, as there is for iMessage
     
  15. Fatboy71 macrumors 65816

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    I would hope they would.

    I just hope that FaceTime Audio would be switched off by default has I can imagine it would catch a lot of people out with unexpected high data usage if they were ringing other iPhone users on a regular basis.
     
  16. Armen macrumors 604

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    Wifi calling would be the only benefit from this. A lot of us already have unlimited talk/text on our data plans and for those that do not their data plans are so low (250Mb-2GB) it wouldn't even be worth it to make a call using data.
     
  17. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020

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    I have no minutes but I am often in WiFi. So it would benefit me :)
     
  18. Armen macrumors 604

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    Definately a thumbs up for you :)
     
  19. cynics macrumors G3

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    FaceTime features could be expanded...

    Things I notice about FaceTime audio.

    1. It uses data, there would need to be a toggle to use only when on wifi.

    2. FaceTime audio drains my battery noticeably faster then a normal call even on wifi.

    3. Coverage. I'm with Verizon and I get good data coverage but voice coverage is easily better.

    4. Only available on the iPhone. So you'll still need talk time plan.

    Aside someone that has limited talk minute plan and only talks to iPhone users I only see/have cons when using it. Except since I have a Verizon CDMA phone that can't do voice/data this is a work around and I have used it for that reason.
     
  20. universaliz macrumors newbie

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    I would add quality to that list. Skype is far superior IMHO.
     

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