Why it's called FaceTime?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by digitalove, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. digitalove macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Why don't name 'FaceTime' just 'Phone' on OS X? Because it's not FaceTime, I open this thing called 'FaceTime' on OS X to do normal calls.
    In my opinion it should be named Phone and it should have a numeric keypad.

    Also I'm tired to see the iSight turning up itself every time I want to make a normal call.

    The same thing should be applied for iPad.

    Does someone agree or you think it's fine the way it is?
  2. AL2TEACH macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    Denver, CO.
    Because it's primarily a video conferencing program or something like that.
  3. digitalove thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Not for every user is primarily a video app.
    If it features two differents types of calls, it should have a name that works for both, like a default or traditional name.

    For example if you have Fifa and NHL in the same app on your dock, would you name that app Fifa or games?
    I think games would be more appropriate.
  4. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    1st world problem. Does the name still confuse you?
  5. digitalove thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    No, it doesn't.

    It's just a suggestion to make the things more clear.
  6. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Because it was initially named FaceTime because its only use was to handle FaceTime calls. Later phone functionality was added.

    I would say if anything the fault lies with Apple not having the foresight to see the program would eventually be updated to handle normal phone calls.

    Also keep in mind its just a name. iTUNES handles more then just music. Photos app contains videos. And when I click Safari it doesn't transport me to a far away land.
  7. crjackson2134 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    I only use it when traveling and I want some FACETIME with my wife & family. It works great on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Seems appropriately named to me.
  8. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    What's even funnier is that on the iPhone and iPad, the iSight camera is actually the back camera. Talk about confusing!
  9. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    because it's [​IMG] time to go face [​IMG]

    apple has a lot of stuff that they could combine into a single app now (facetime video, voice, messages). not sure why they haven't done it by now..
  10. AL2TEACH macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2007
    Denver, CO.
    Understand what you mean. It would be interesting, if every app's name made the app's function more clear.
    We would run out of names for apps, lol.
    A little spice is good thing. People can always read or find out what an app does.

    I'm going to assume, the function of the app is clear to you now, regardless what name it's called?
    It used to be called, iChat, back when chat rooms were popular.

    And what cynics stated:
  11. elemenohme macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2014
  12. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    I agree. I would like there to be separate phone and FaceTime apps on the Mac and iPad as there are on the iPhone to keep it consistent. I also wish we had access to voicemails on our other devices too. I screen a lot of calls and not being able to listen to an ensuing voicemail after I decline a call on my iPad/Mac makes the whole continuity system way less useful for me personally, since I need to have my iPhone next to me anyway to check my voicemails. I also agree that an actual dialer on the Mac and iPad is needed. While it's useful to be able to click on a contact's name or a number in Safari to dial it, I often still find myself typing out phone numbers in Notes just to dial them, which seems kind of kludgey.

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