Why no FaceTime?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Xeyad, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. Xeyad macrumors 6502

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    So the Apple Watch has phone functionality, which is pretty cool. But it would've made sense to add a front facing camera for FaceTime calls too! Something to stand out from the crowd.

    This is the iPad 1 all over again. :(
     
  2. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    Where do you put the camera?
    How much extra does it cost?
    How much larger does the watch have to be as a result?
    What are the privacy implications?
    Are you going to stand there holding your arm up to your face for 25 minutes?
    What are they going to put on version 2 to tell you that it is better than version 1?
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    This isn't the iPad 1 all over again. There just isn't room inside the watch for a camera. Where on the iPad 1, there was room, it just wasn't added probably due to cost.
     
  4. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Putting aside considerations of a camera, the Watch almost certainly communicates with the phone via Bluetooth, which I assume doesn't have the bandwidth for video.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Bluetooth 4.0 has a bandwidth of 24 megabits per second. More than enough for video and audio. Even Bluetooth 2.0 would be adequate with 3 megabits per second or roughly 80 kilobytes per second.
     
  6. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    I'm assuming it's a matter of size, cost, and maybe battery life. I'm sure we'll see it later down the road.
     
  7. dgdosen macrumors 65816

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    Apple Watch III!
     

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