iSight Revision Soon?

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According to ThinkSecret, iSights are in scarce supply at many retailers including some Apple Retail stores, with a revised model due out soon.

At the Apple online store, the iSight lists as part number M8817LL/C (up from B), and is scheduled for delivery 1-2 weeks from now.
 

bubbalwz

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I'd like to see a built in light that would automatically adjust to low light situations... and a remote control swivel functionality (yeah right). Bundling some additional software (like Evocam) might be nice as well.
 

jsw

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It's a "C" rev - I doubt you'll regret getting your "B" revs. Probably nothing substantial.
 

Mudbug

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It should probably be noted that the "B" revision was new mounting hardware to allow them to work with the new Aluminum displays. This upgrade/update is probably minor, if anything. It may simply be a change in manufacturing ramps.
 

Mechcozmo

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There wasn't a helluva of a difference between A and B, was there?

The iSight is good, but it would be nice for it to get better. And cheaper. That way I could get one. :D
 

_bnkr612

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My "A" is still sitting in it's case waiting for friends to really use theirs. I hope Adium will be able to support video soon. I really dislike iChat, the only thing it's good for is transferring files, which again, I hope adium can fix on their app.

But! I hear that iChat will have tabbed windows which might make me switch back. But Adium is soooo choice...

Cheers.
 

Horrortaxi

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Whatever they release I hope it'll include a firmware update that allows older iSights to play nice with other firewire devices.
 

NinjaMonkey

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jsw said:
It's a "C" rev - I doubt you'll regret getting your "B" revs. Probably nothing substantial.
I have no regrets I love my iSight. Its very usful not only for video chat but for taking short videos with iMovie.

I just wish they didn't cost so much.
 

Jopling

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There was

I'm almost positive that there was a bigger difference between A and B, I believe that B had slightly better image quality and didn't get as hot. With revision C coming out, they are going to update it to support the new video codec used in iChat. Looks like I'll be buying my second iSight.
 

Trowaman

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It's probably just getting ready for Tiger as they load H.264 codecs onto the hardware etc. Everyone else will get it in software update form, these are just getting it loaded on them now.
 

scibry

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let's see USB 2.0 and PC compability

and make it less than $99

eventually, i want to hook this baby up to my iPod photo. i returned my last iSight because NOONE uses video chat---yet! In college only people with S.O.'s in different states who miss them!

let's make this technology commonplace.
 

johnnyjibbs

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I'd love to get a couple of iSights but the cost is crippling. I am praying for a significant price drop. £130 is very steep. £60 ($110) would be more like it.
 

Porchland

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iChat/iSight for Windows would be nice

I'd like to see Apple take iChat/iSight to Windows XP. Apple's strategy with the Mac mini and the iPod line has been to make the product available and desirable to Windows users and using it as an entree to OSX.

I would buy an iSight for use with my PowerBook and buy one for family members that live three states away to live chat with us from their PC. Instead of zero iSight sales, iChat/iSight for Windows would account for two sales for a lot of Mac users that want to get someone else on board.

I think this is the next logical step.
 

johnnyjibbs

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Porchland said:
I'd like to see Apple take iChat/iSight to Windows XP. Apple's strategy with the Mac mini and the iPod line has been to make the product available and desirable to Windows users and using it as an entree to OSX.

I would buy an iSight for use with my PowerBook and buy one for family members that live three states away to live chat with us from their PC. Instead of zero iSight sales, iChat/iSight for Windows would account for two sales for a lot of Mac users that want to get someone else on board.

I think this is the next logical step.
I'll second that. I still can't get video to work with AIM 5.5/iChat and AIM is so shoddy anyway. iChat for PC would be brilliant.
 

gmark2000

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From what I've read, the biggest problem with iSights is that there's no one else to iChat AV with.

Females on the iChat meeting websites get bombarded with lecherous males.

There definitely needs to be some iSight porn industry to kickstart this.
 

ClimbingTheLog

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Smaller

The only thing I don't like about my iSight/B is the size. It's pretty big and I didn't realize just how big until I received it. For someone who hasn't seen one, it's about as big around has a half-dollar piece. I was expecting a quarter-sized device, max. I'm hoping the new one will be nickel-sized; I'd actually get another.

With modern CCD's you shouldn't need such a big lens for such low resolution. I know, light-gathering, but you won't miss the quality for iChatting. The lens on this thing is probably good for 8 Megapixels, but I'd rather not carry something so big in my bag every day.
 

killmoms

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Jopling said:
I'm almost positive that there was a bigger difference between A and B, I believe that B had slightly better image quality and didn't get as hot. With revision C coming out, they are going to update it to support the new video codec used in iChat. Looks like I'll be buying my second iSight.
No updating needed to support the new video codec—that's done by QuickTime. It just gets a standard (DV-like) signal in from Firewire and then converts it to anything you choose (or the program chooses, in the case of iChat).

As to chatting on the PC, AIM 5.5.is hit or miss, especially if behind a NAT router. Trillian 3 Pro seems to be better, but it's $25. I've successfully video-chatted between iChat and Trillian 3 Pro with several of my friends.
 

jsw

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Cless said:
No updating needed to support the new video codec—that's done by QuickTime. It just gets a standard (DV-like) signal in from Firewire and then converts it to anything you choose (or the program chooses, in the case of iChat).

As to chatting on the PC, AIM 5.5.is hit or miss, especially if behind a NAT router. Trillian 3 Pro seems to be better, but it's $25. I've successfully video-chatted between iChat and Trillian 3 Pro with several of my friends.
My PC-using (argh!!) brother's complaint about using AIM to video chat with me is its small window (on his end). Does Trillian 3 Pro allow for a larger window on the PC end? Obviously, we iChatter's have full-screen capability.