While I was out

by Volker Weber

Lots of things happened, while I was out:

Facetime has very strict prerequisites: only works between two iPhone 4, and you need WLAN at both ends. This was easily missed in the fine print:



Looks like the carriers killed it ... Free video calls on your data plan was probably asking too much. I also find it odd they did not integrate with iChat.


iChat integration would have killed the option to make it a industry standard and available on other systems as well, would it not?

Martin Hiegl, 2010-06-09

iChat speaks XMPP. That would have been a good start for presence and chat ... Apple could have built on top of that.

Volker Weber, 2010-06-09

I guess the mobile carriers are the next ones (after traditional press) that go into a decline when they see their traditional business model going down the drain...

Martin Böhm, 2010-06-09

The image above seems to show a man in a hotel room, probably talking to his wife and kids using FaceTime. So, they probably have Wi-Fi at home and he'll have Wi-Fi in the hotel. All good, right? The reality is that most Wi-Fi networks in hotels offer abysmal performance, so it's not the greatest scenario to illustrate the feature.

Darren Adams, 2010-06-10

I believe we'll see a iChat integration in one of the next major iOS releases. Comment "we just wanted to do it right"

Timo Zimmermann, 2010-06-10

Which is equal to: Didn't get it done until now! :) Or in Hardware terms: Wanted to rip a few dollars out of you with the new feature.

But anyway, this seems to be the first iphone I want to have.

Johannes Matzke, 2010-06-10

Darren, that makes (some) sense. The reality in Germany however is that hotels charge 15€ a night for WLAN access, so people have resorted to using 3G USB sticks in their notebooks. I believe Facetime would work very well over 3G, but Apple is being nice to carriers.

Volker Weber, 2010-06-10

They said Facetime doesn't require a buddy list, so it seems they are establishing the IP connection somehow via the phone call. Sounds hard to integrate that into iChat ...

Andreas Linde, 2010-06-10

It will change (iPhone 4 only and WiFi) – or it will be a footnote to the history of video telephony!

Sven Richert, 2010-06-10

I tested Google Navigation on my drive home (MA>GG) yesterday using my HTC Desire. It drained the battery (initial charge 70%) on a 40 minutes drive to 14%. This is rather useless without an in-car charger/dock.

Markus Michalski, 2010-06-10

Yes, you need the car dock. Display and GPS use way too much energy.

Volker Weber, 2010-06-10

I would like to amend one of your statements ...

Also, the iPad calendar puts every other calendar no created by Apple to shame. It works and looks so much nicer ...

Let's be honest, it blows away Notes, Outlook, Google Calendar, GroupWise, and just about everything else except iCal on the Mac. It is just that damn good.

john head, 2010-06-10

How do they manage Facetime? Does iPhone #1 send some credentials (e.g. phone number or another unique id) over the air to iPhone #2 without central instance and then the video connection is initiated as P2P? Or are there any central 'cloud' services working on establishing this connection. Currently only my telco has my call history, with the second case other operators would have that too.

Peter Schneider, 2010-06-10

Nobody ever used it on the Nokias

I used it... once - and found out it technically works but doesn't really add any value... not because of Nokia's implementation of it, but because the concept itself is not really that valuable (at least not on the go, where I usually use my cellphone).

Ragnar Schierholz, 2010-06-11

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