Steve Jobs’s WWDC 2010 “one more thing” surprise at today’s WWDC 2010 was that the new iPhone 4 will include FaceTime — a.k.a video calling.
FaceTime is a one-tap feature on the new iPhone that will work from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 via the native calling functionality. The feature is practically self-explanatory: Simply tap on the FaceTime button — located where the Hold button is now — to initiate a video call.
FaceTime is a Wi-Fi-only feature at launch, which means it will not work over AT&T’s 3G network or international carriers’ networks.
In spite of network limitations, FaceTime over Wi-Fi is quite remarkable and can switch seamlessly with a single click between the front and back cameras to change the camera perspective during a call. Apple designed the front-facing camera especially for video calls, which means it was built to focus on your face when you hold it at arm’s length. FaceTime also works in both landscape and portrait modes.
As mentioned above, FaceTime is a part of the standard calling functionality of iPhone 4, so no additional setup is required. The technology is also being released as an open industry standard, which means developers will be able to add FaceTime functionality to their applications.
We have a sneaking suspicion that this single feature will help to ensure that Apple sells large quantities of the new iPhone 4 once pre-orders become available on June 15, and when it hits store shelves on June 24.
Source : Mashable.com
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