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Why FaceTime quality might have dropped, why Apple still hasn't released it as an open standard, and patent trolls

Why FaceTime quality might have dropped, why Apple still hasn't released it as an open standard, and patent trolls

Way back in 2010 when FaceTime was first announced alongside the iPhone 4, Steve Jobs said that Apple would be releasing it as an open standard, presumably so other companies could make compatible clients on other platforms, and the world could video chat in harmony. But that never happened....
iOS 7 preview: FaceTime audio for when you want to be heard but not seen

iOS 7 preview: FaceTime audio for when you want to be heard but not seen

Apple's FaceTime is a built-in way for anyone on a recent iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to quickly, easily make and receive video calls. It's been a boon to long distance families and relationships, traveling lovers and parents, and those who use sign language alike. Sometimes, however, you're...
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Apple kicks Skype right in the video call with new FaceTime Every Day ad

Apple has released the latest in their "Every Day" series of commercials, this time moving on to FaceTime. Following the theme of "Music Every Day" and "Photos Every Day", this latest spot shows different people in a variety of different situations connecting with their friends and family using...
iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

With iOS 7, Apple is adding the ability to block people from reaching - especially disturbing or otherwise harassing - you via the phone, FaceTime, and Messages. One of the downsides of the constant connectivity we enjoy on the iPhone is constant availability, and while it's annoying when people...
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Will FaceTime audio bring VoIP calling into regular, everyday smartphone use?

FaceTime audio has been jokingly referred to since its WWDC 2013 introduction by some, as the phone. While this may be amusing to some, the wider picture is something potentially more important. In adding audio only calling to FaceTime, Apple has created their own Skype. And, with it, opened up...
iOS 7 wants: An iMessage. Merged with FaceTime. That works. Everywhere.

iOS 7 wants: An iMessage. Merged with FaceTime. That works. Everywhere.

A plea for more unified, more functional, more reliable, more compatible, and more competitive messaging on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. iMessage and FaceTime today do pretty much what they did years ago at launch. While it's hard to say they've been neglected, Apple hasn't prioritized them to the...
Apple says iMessage and FaceTime down for some users

Apple says iMessage and FaceTime down for some users

iMessage and Facetime are both down for some users. According to Apple, the outage started just a little after 3 PM Eastern Time. There is not yet an ETA on when the issues will be resolved. For more information, check Apple’s system status page. Are Facetime and iMessage out for you? Source:...
The case for Apple slowing down, rather than speeding up

The case for Apple slowing down, rather than speeding up

Instead of media and markets continuously hounding Apple about "what's next?!", there's a case to be made that Apple has already announced several services that could do with a little -- or a lot -- of their attention. It might not be as magical or revolutionary as a fresh name on a big slide,...
How to use FaceTime for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide

How to use FaceTime for iPhone and iPad: The Ultimate Guide

Everything you need to know about setting up and using FaceTime video calling on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Mac FaceTime is Apple's voice over IP (VoIP) calling service. It allows anyone with a recent iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to make free video or audio calls to any other Apple user...
How to enable or disable FaceTime over cellular on iPhone and iPad

How to enable or disable FaceTime over cellular on iPhone and iPad

It took FaceTime a long time to start working over cellular, but now that it has it's made it incredibly convenient to talk with your kids while you're walking down an out-of-town street, or check with your partner before buying something for the home or office. Of course, with cellular access...
How to set your caller ID for FaceTime

How to set your caller ID for FaceTime

FaceTime allows you set a caller ID. If you only have one iPhone phone number, or iPod touch, iPad, or Mac email address associated with FaceTime, that'll be your caller ID. If you have several different numbers and addresses associated with FaceTime, however, you can choose one of them to serve...
How to enable and disable FaceTime on iPhone and iPad

How to setup, enable, disable, or restrict FaceTime

FaceTime is automatically activated as part of the overall setup process you go through the first time you turn on a new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac. If for some reason it doesn't seem to have been activated, or if you'd rather turn it off, you can also enable or disable FaceTime at any time...
How to register, enable, and disable additional email addresses for FaceTime

How to register, enable, and disable additional email addresses for FaceTime

While FaceTime was originally locked to an iPhone phone number, now that iPod touch, iPad, and Mac can make FaceTime video calls, Apple has added email addresses as a way to connect. Usually your FaceTime address will be your main Apple ID -- the one you use for iCloud, and sign in with when you...
How to make a FaceTime call from your Mac

How to make a FaceTime call from your Mac

Apple's free video chat service, FaceTime, works on any Mac with OS X 10.7 Snow Leopard or later and web camera, including the ones built into MacBooks and iMacs. As long as you have an internet connection, including tethering, you can use your Mac to call anyone with a FaceTime compatible iPhone...
How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

How to turn off video while on a FaceTime call

FaceTime calls are a great way to see who you're talking to, but there may come a time when you'd rather not be seen. Maybe you're not dressed for company, or maybe you simply don't want anyone to see who's with you, or behold the state of the world around you. While, Apple hasn't (yet?) enabled...
How to make a FaceTime call from your iPad or iPod touch

How to make a FaceTime call from your iPad or iPod touch

Apple's free video calling service, FaceTime, is available on every iPad since the 2011 iPad 2, and iPod touch since the 2010 iPod touch 4. Because FaceTime requires an internet connection, on the iPod touch and non-cellular iPads, you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to make a call. On an iPad or...
How to place a FaceTime call from your iPhone

How to make a FaceTime call from your iPhone

The iPhone was the first Apple device to gain access to their free video calling service, FaceTime. Since 2010 and the iPhone 4, FaceTime has been integrated right into the built-in iOS Phone app. That means you can make, or switch to, a FaceTime call as easily as a regular call. What's more,...
Apple airs iPad mini commercial - I'll be home

Apple airs iPad mini commercial - I'll be home

Apple has aired a new iPad mini commercial featuring FaceTime and aimed at the holidays. It's called I'll be home, and features a girl and her grandfather sharing a musical "moment of holiday cheer". This is the kind of commercial Apple does often, and does well, blending technology and humanity...
AT&T may be further expanding FaceTime over cellular

AT&T may be further expanding FaceTime over cellular

AT&T may be further relaxing its restrictions on FaceTime over cellular, allowing anyone with access to the feature to use it. AT&T had previously announced that all iPhone 5 customers, including those on individual plans, would be able to use the feature. Anyone with an iPhone 4S or a...
iMessage and FaceTime down. Are you affected?

iMessage and FaceTime down. Are you affected?

iMessage and FaceTime are both experiencing outages according to Apple's iCloud system status page, and numerous reports flooding into iMore's various comm channels. Apple says service will be restored asap. Online continues to be a huge challenge for Apple, and if you haven't already, I invite...

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