what is the point of a front facing camera?

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  1. brinycbri macrumors 6502a

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    I just don't get it..will you guys really video conference in the middle of a street or at home? I find this appeal to be kind of gimmicky and i'd probably use it once and then get bored of it (like chat roulette). I might totally be wrong but makes we wonder.

    Personally, I'd rather have a slimmer and better form factor phone than cramming another camera.

    just wondering, of course it's just an opinion lol
     
  2. Hawke macrumors regular

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    When I was on my Nokia.. I did it a lot especially when chatting with my partner
     
  3. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

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    Seriously, who's gonna talk looking into their phone? Especially in public?
     
  4. troop231 macrumors 603

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    If people use bluetooth headsets (which look retarded) then they will also use front facing cameras.
     
  5. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000

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    Using a bluetooth is the exact opposite of using a front facing camera so I don't get your reasoning here.
     
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    They said the same thing when Dick Tracey talked into his watch...lol:p
     
  8. nefan65 macrumors 65816

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    It's for when you're taking a picture of your junk, you can see what it looks like easier...:rolleyes:

    My guess is iChat or Skype...
     
  9. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Not really, both ways look goofy to someone else.
     
  10. nefan65 macrumors 65816

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    It's for when you're taking a picture of your junk, you can see what it looks like easier...:rolleyes:

    My guess is iChat or Skype...
     
  11. Pared macrumors 65816

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    See how ridiculous this sounds? It's the same thing.
     
  12. sorchard macrumors regular

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    We've had video calling (not sure about conferencing; it might be in the UMTS standard, but if not it wouldn't be too difficult to create a conference bridge if it took off) ever since 3G came into being in the UK, and with that, front-facing cameras.

    It was the cash cow the networks hoped to exploit to repay the government for the 3G licences that cost a few billion pounds.

    It didn't take off, because video calling (at least outside) is rather naff and gimmicky, and they charged (and still do) 50p/min for the privilege with no inclusion in tariffs or offers. Another factor may be no interoperability with things like Skype - unlike SMS and standard voice calls. Phones still come with front-facing cameras though. They've had far more success with cheap mobile broadband dongles.

    I hope that if/when Apple does do this, they aren't considered revolutionary (this happens a lot - Apple copies what has been done for years, Apple is considered forward-thinking and revolutionary). Because they aren't.
     
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  14. rtabdo macrumors 6502

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    Honestly, I'm with you on this. It's a cool feature to have, but I barely use the camera on my iMac and Macbook Pro. I personally think its' a feature people have been whining about and once it's there, many will barely use it after a couple days.
     
  15. rtabdo macrumors 6502

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    The reason why Apple gets revolutionary a lot is because they do it better than most people. The iPad is def a new revolution in tablets. It's not the first tablet, but it is the first tablet of its kind that works so well.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Usually the way they implement things are revolutionary not that they are the first.
    They were not the first with a touchscreen cellphone either, or Copy and paste and many other things but they did them right and easy to use.
     
  17. countrydweller macrumors 6502

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    Then you don't need to waste your money on a mirror app.
     
  18. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    Photo Booth for iPhone! :D

    In case you are out without your MacBook and need to snap a picture of yourself with a big chin or pinched head :rolleyes::p
     
  19. btcutter macrumors 6502

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    +1

    There are so many other things that should be done for the iPhone than a FORWARD FACING CAMERA. How about just make the current camera MUCH better with optical zoom along with quality recording?!

    I suspect the iChat info found on OS 4 is for the iPad version 2.
     
  20. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Video iChat. Great way to keep your minutes down if you've got an unlimited data plan.
     
  21. H00513R macrumors 6502a

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    I'd rather have the slimmer form factor too.
     
  22. Shorties macrumors 6502a

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    It is so that we can officially call it the future. That is all.

    There is no real purpose besides feeling like your in a Sci-Fi movie.
     
  23. Hawke macrumors regular

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    A lot of people seem to be requesting it.. because a person doesnt like it doesn't mean it should be not included... Cuz frankly if something you (generally speaking) may want was not included, you;d be the one screaming the loudest in this very same forum, regardless how useful or tedious it may be
     
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