No FaceTime HD on new MacBook...welcome back 2010!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Pumapayam, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. Pumapayam macrumors member


    Apr 11, 2009
    Anyone notice, we went back in time?

    Apple apparently must have stumbled upon a dusty crate of old camera's in the back of the campus, and thought, "sure, why not!"

    Retina Display, bundled with a crappy 480p FaceTime camera...bravo Apple engineers, bravo...;)

    Everything else in the Mac line up, uses 720p FaceTime HD camera, and has been for years now. :apple:
  2. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    Another deal killer... I never thought I would use facetime originally, but while I am traveling I have come to really love it on my MBP rather than using my phone.
  3. fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    while they probably put that camera in there just to piss you off specifically... it is what it is. am sure there's a reason for it.

    meanwhile, you can get a different mac model that has the HD you need. there are always choices, and apple has more of them than it's had in a long time...
  4. ezio007 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2014
    im upset with macbook's specs... but if you think about it, how many times you use the front camera? and how bad you need 720p?
    I have my macbook air since 2 years and have used the camera probably for 10 pics and 5 ft calls
  5. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    480p FaceTime camera on a $1,599 product in 2015? hahahaha that's hilarious :D
  6. Essenar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2008
    I'm sorry you don't know that other people have more friends and more of a social life. I use FaceTime HD at least 4 or 5 times per week. And that's just for my social life. Business wise? I've conducted at least 3 interviews in the last month through Facetime and 2 on Skype.
  7. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    It will be easy for them to pitch FaceTime HD as an upgrade in the next model.
  8. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    In all fairness, FaceTime and Skype don't seem to use 720p anyways.

    It's not ideal but I suspect it had more to do with making the camera super thin with its lens than trying to be cheap (like the 1GB of RAM in the iPhone, for example).
  9. Essenar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2008
    Not true for FaceTime. FaceTime HD supports 720p especially on MacBook and OSX. There was a huge push for FaceTime HD back when it became... FaceTime HD.
  10. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Hey hey hey..... When they update it in 12 months time, they need a killer feature!!!!
  11. coldjeanzzz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    What the hell kind of response is this? Lots of people, including myself, use Skype+Facetime every day.
  12. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I must just have rotten luck. It usually looks pretty compressed to me.
  13. OSXMavericks macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2014
    I would have been disappointed if it was only a 720p camera on a notebook in 2015 camera but 480p is a joke. Can't believe it to be honest.
  14. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    This certainly surprised me. I don't know how the FaceTime camera on an iPhone is better than one on a MacBook. However, I rarely use my laptop for FaceTime so this doesn't matter to me.


    I've used MBA for over three years now and have probably used FaceTime maybe twice - twice! I have used FaceTime more on my iPhone...but I don't even think about using it on my laptop. So, this is not important to me.
  15. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    One would assume that a device designed for portability would also allow people to communicate effectively with it, especially since they seem to be pushing FaceTime so hard. If there is a laptop that needs it most, it’s this one.
  16. fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    facetime IS on the mac. no, it's not HD. if that's a dealbreaker for anyone, there are more macbook choices then there's been in some time; easy to find one that has what you need...
  17. poppy10 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2012
    I really can't see the logic behind this one. Can't be price at this level. Can't be to save space because the tiny Airs and iPhones have Facetime HD. Why gimp the camera to 480p?
  18. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Sure, but we are looking for answers here. It makes wee sense for Apple to do this, since they’ve been pushing FaceTime for years now and even upgraded cameras on all portable devices. In the end we have to evaluate the product in its entirety and why Apple chose to design it that way. At this point I’m not entirely sure what kind of person Apple had in mind when they designed this. At this point it’s probably closer to a Chromebook than anything else.
  19. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Well, the screen on the rMB is thinner than the one on the MBA, and thinner than the iPhone, so maybe that's why ?

    Or maybe it's a way to cut price, as they couldn't really make it more expensive than it is. So maybe they did go cheap on some things, like the cam, or the lack of power cord extension ?
  20. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    I need an 11" machine with a decent keyboard, a retina screen and an HD FaceTime camera.
  21. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    The place where the camera is on an iPhone or MacBook Air is a lot thicker than the corresponding place on the new MacBook.

    I doubt it's a cost-cutting move - but bear in mind they don't design the cameras themselves. There may simply not be a 720p camera out there in the size they need
  22. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    No wonder they didn't mention anything about the camera at the keynote. If they had ever said 480p camera... there would've been an audible collective gasp from the audience
  23. fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    and apple has one for you. so what's the problem?

    and for all the whining...dare, just for a second, to imagine that there is actually some reason apple went with a 480p camera on the new mb. possible? or is it more likely they didn't go with an HD camera just to piss people off?

    apple has numerous models now, with lots of options. go for the one that best suits your needs...simple.
  24. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
    I use mine everyday for meetings and teleconferencing.
  25. youradhere4222 macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2007
    It may be 480p to conserve battery life and limit the amount of CPU power FaceTime and photo booth consume.

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