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Steve Jobs demonstrated the new FaceTime video calling app on the iPhone 4 at WWDC, but had to ask the audience to turn off their Wi-Fi devices first. Why is that? The new video call feature is only supported on Wi-Fi connections for the time being.

We already knew that iPhone 4 would have a front-facing camera, but Steve Jobs waited until the end of his presentation to actually show it off. Using his traditional “one more thing” schtick, Jobs called Apple designer Jonathan Ives using FaceTime, a new software application for video calling on the handset. But first, Jobs asked the audience to turn off their Wi-Fi devices. Why? The new feature works between iPhone 4 devices and only over Wi-Fi, which is good and bad.

While bandwidth-intensive video won’t eat up cellular data plans since it uses Wi-Fi, this constraint does limit the potential locations to use FaceTime. Apple says it “needs to work with cellular providers” for video over 3G, but it had better hurry: More than 30 billion video calls are expected by 2015, according to our latest GigaOM Pro report (subscription required). Regardless of the connectivity challenge, Apple is making use of both cameras on the new iPhone 4 — users can show their face with the front camera or switch to the rear camera to show off the world around them.

  1. WWDC: Video Calling on iPhone 4 With FaceTime: Wi-Fi Only…

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  2. Mike Longhure Monday, June 7, 2010

    Try Mingleverse for a chance to win an iPhone 4 – very simple to enter, just sign-in using Facebook Connect: http://www.mingleverse.com/contest

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  3. Surprised you weren’t a little more indepth — Apple does video chat right – Lots going on behind the scenes – http://bit.ly/ch4G3z – This is not your average (Skype) video chat.

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  4. Video: Apple’s Steve Jobs: “Its Face Time”. Switching to Video Calling with iPhone 4…

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  5. Tim Hayward Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    There are a lot of unanswered questions around this capability – more so than for anything else announced today.

    1. How does this service work? How does my iPhone know which of my contacts are available to take a Facetime call and conversely how do my contacts know I am available?

    2. If the API is available for 3rd party apps, are they also limited to WiFi?

    3. How much data does it really use, i.e. how many MB per minute?

    4. Why can’t it connect to iChat?

    Would love answers to these.

    tim

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  8. I have to say make call with FaceTime is so cool!
    Apple is amazing!
    steve jobs! you are the man!!!
    I’m still shocked at how much the ipad can do…and now this? how do you do it!
    good job!
    Before the new iPhone released, I have read many reviews about it, it totally stunned me, such as this “A Review of Apple iPhone 4″ listed the most impressive features of it in ifunia iphone column.

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  9. I have to say make call with FaceTime is so cool!
    Apple is amazing!
    steve jobs! you are the man!!!
    I’m still shocked at how much the ipad can do…and now this? how do you do it!
    good job!
    Before the new iPhone released, I have read many reviews about it, it totally stunned me, such as this “A Review of Apple iPhone 4″ listed the most impressive features of it in ifunia iphone column.

    Share
  10. [...] only truly new thing (for the iPhone) is video calling, but remember that’s NOT new – its just new to Apple.  Mind you, Apple do have the [...]

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