Apple iPhone Adds in FaceTime video calling and Skype says Hi

Read this article to learn the most exciting new feature - FaceTime - in new iPhone.

Since the iPhone's first release, the Apple faithful have been begging the big fruit for a front-facing camera and video-conferencing software. Apple announced the iPhone, complete with a forward-facing camera and new software called FaceTime, though something tells us this isn't exactly what the fans had been crying out for.

Apple iPhone 4 adds FaceTime feature

People have been dreaming about video calling for decades. iPhone makes it a reality. With the tap of a button, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories — iPhone to iPhone over Wi-Fi. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.

The camera itself is fine, its VGA-quality image sensor is nothing extraordinary, but it will do the job. FaceTalk, on the other hand, will struggle to inspire a new wave of mobile video-conferencing thanks to a number very limiting specifications.

What could be very interesting to see is how third-party VoIP service providers make use of the front-facing camera and software application programming interface. At a recent media briefing in Sydney, Skype vice president and GM for Asia Pacific Dan Neary told the press that video was definitely a major push for Skype on mobile devices in the immediate future. With Skype users on iPhone recently gaining access to 3G VoIP calling, the dots are joining up for the VoIP company, and others, to turn this latest iPhone innovation into something usable.

FaceTime in Apple iPhone: Shiny and... not so new

Someone may not have told him that this isn't a really new technology, as on the demonstration video call with Jonathan Ives he stated: "You know, I grew up with the Jetsons and video calls... and now it's real."

Sadly, this is only going to be available on WiFi during 2010, and obviously only from iPhone to iPhone - it would be a surprise to see this take off as a killer feature.

At least the Sam Mendes commercial made an appearance, as it's nice to see rumours appearing on Twitter actually making it into real life...

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