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Email Based FaceTime Support Revealed In iOS 4.1 Beta 3

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With the recent release of beta 3 of iOS 4.1, a major find was revealed regarding FaceTime on other iOS devices.

The most recent iOS beta reveals a new option in the “Contacts” app that allows users to make FaceTime calls using a phone number or an email address. Currently FaceTime supports phone numbers only.

By enabling the use of an email address, FaceTime becomes compatible with iDevices not associated with a phone number such as iPod touch or iPad.

Last month, other published reports showcased screenshots of FaceTime with the option to use an email address to connect the video call.

Many rumors point to Apple adding a front-facing camera on the iPod touch that can be used for FaceTime. This rumored iPod touch may be revealed next month at Apple’s annual iPod media event. The iPad has also received front-facing camera rumors that indicate a FaceTime compatible iPad.

[MacRumors]

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  • Burgs

    First once again

  • To bad you had nothing good to say

  • thats actually really cool. but i could see random calls comming out of this lol. Some guy FaceTime calling you “Congrats dude! you just won a million dollars” Advertisements that would normally be just an email now calling you through facetime lol

  • DaveMcG

    Take it somewhere where people give a shit who posts the first comment.

  • DaveMcG

    Might make porn spam more interesting at least… 😉

  • Junk3124

    Yah goodpoint, maybe they should add an option where you have to confirm a caller is legit before FT calls can be made. I would not want spam FT calls at all.

  • MobileMe's new feature. if you have Mobileme Email account. FaceTime Junk Mail Call filter lol

  • lol Who knows. But porn comes in 2 forms. Male or Female … still willing to take that chance? lol

  • Oscar9

    Does it look likely that Facetime will connect to iChat on a laptop or desktop??
    GH

  • Maybe, but I don't see the point. Because most macs have iSight.

  • Nick

    Now that these Betas are coming out, is there any word on if they've actually managed to fix the issues with the iPhone 4 in them?

    I'm having these problems with my iPhone 4:

    Passcode – after resetting all settings the only option it gives me for the passcode is to require it immediately, where it formerly would allow me to select an interval of time

    Video recording – a couple of videos recorded without sound

    iPod Volume – jumps randomly when listening to music or watching a movie, i can see the volume slider moving. Didn't happen too often – i made it through a whole movie with it only happening a couple of times, but then i listened to an mp3 and it happened a bunch of times

    Google search – When google searching from the bar at the top of safari it sometimes gets stuck in a loading loop, where the progress bar happens, then it seems to refresh and load again on an endless loop. The solution is to stop it and actually go to the google website manually from the address bar and type the search there.

    Camera – White balance doesn't work indoors.. Outdoor photos look great, but anything lit with all unnatural lights looks all yellow with a tint of green.

    Proximity Sensor – doesn't detect i've got the phone against my face which causes me to do all sorts of things while in a call. My cheek brushing against the screen has typed up emails of random characters, hung up calls, muted myself, made a 3 way call… hopefully I haven't deleted any contacts or schedule entries

    All these things I've been able to find on Google that I'm not the only one with the problems, but they're very annoying. I stood in line for 5.5 hours and paid $750 for this phone, and it doesn't even work properly as a phone because of the proximity sensor issue. What the hell? If they don't fix all of this stuff immediately with a software update (if the problems are caused by hardware) I would love to take it back and get my money back — but I already gave away my old iPhone 3G so I don't know what I could do.. Buy another old iPhone i guess.. But they really need to fix this stuff or issue a recall. I switched to apple products in the first place because Windows Vista sucked so much and had so many bugs. Now the iPhone 4 really is Apple's Windows Vista and if they don't make it work as advertised soon they're going to lose the reputation they have of making things that work.

  • Nick

    Now that these Betas are coming out, is there any word on if they've actually managed to fix the issues with the iPhone 4 in them?

    I'm having these problems with my iPhone 4:

    Passcode – after resetting all settings the only option it gives me for the passcode is to require it immediately, where it formerly would allow me to select an interval of time

    Video recording – a couple of videos recorded without sound

    iPod Volume – jumps randomly when listening to music or watching a movie, i can see the volume slider moving. Didn't happen too often – i made it through a whole movie with it only happening a couple of times, but then i listened to an mp3 and it happened a bunch of times

    Google search – When google searching from the bar at the top of safari it sometimes gets stuck in a loading loop, where the progress bar happens, then it seems to refresh and load again on an endless loop. The solution is to stop it and actually go to the google website manually from the address bar and type the search there.

    Camera – White balance doesn't work indoors.. Outdoor photos look great, but anything lit with all unnatural lights looks all yellow with a tint of green.

    Proximity Sensor – doesn't detect i've got the phone against my face which causes me to do all sorts of things while in a call. My cheek brushing against the screen has typed up emails of random characters, hung up calls, muted myself, made a 3 way call… hopefully I haven't deleted any contacts or schedule entries

    All these things I've been able to find on Google that I'm not the only one with the problems, but they're very annoying. I stood in line for 5.5 hours and paid $750 for this phone, and it doesn't even work properly as a phone because of the proximity sensor issue. What the hell? If they don't fix all of this stuff immediately with a software update (if the problems are caused by hardware) I would love to take it back and get my money back — but I already gave away my old iPhone 3G so I don't know what I could do.. Buy another old iPhone i guess.. But they really need to fix this stuff or issue a recall. I switched to apple products in the first place because Windows Vista sucked so much and had so many bugs. Now the iPhone 4 really is Apple's Windows Vista and if they don't make it work as advertised soon they're going to lose the reputation they have of making things that work.

  • I'm on beta3 and I have not experiences any of these issues. So unless I happen to be very Lucky I would say yes they have been addressed. 4.1 makes my 3G 3GS and i4 noticeably faster too

  • Nick

    Thanks – did you notice these issues when you were on 4.0.1?

  • No. But I was only on 4.0.1 for about a day before the 4.1 beta1 came out, then I began 4.1

  • SF

    Does anyone know where I can download 4.1 beta from? I am no developer but just wanted to put it in my phone. thanks!

  • Unless you pay for a UDID reregister or a Developer you shouldnt install 4.1
    as it will fail to activate.

  • Ari

    Xaroc, I don't think you understood the question. iChat is the instant messaging and video conferencing program on macs. Oscar9 was wondering if Apple will integrate FaceTime with iChat so that people on iChat on their mac could receive Facetime requests from iPhone 4's and could send requests to iPhone 4 devices.

  • Ahh. Yes I did misunderstand then.
    My mind was going towards using your iPhone as a portable cam for your Mac when using iChat via wifi or something.

  • Thanks for playing!

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