When the iPhone 4 was released one of the apps that quickly emerged was FaceTime. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone with a front facing camera which made making video calls effortless. One of the downsides was that you can only make video calls to other iPhone 4 users with FaceTime. Understandably the pool of FaceTime users you knew may have been low at the time.
But the number of FaceTime users continue to increase. More iPhones are being sold now than ever before. No longer are consumers limited to AT&T. The iPhone is available on various cell phone carriers like Sprint or Verizon for example. The release of the iPhone 4S with Siri set sales records and boosted the number of FaceTime users. With the highly anticipated release of the iPhone 5 on the horizon it looks like that upward trend isn’t stopping anytime soon.
But FaceTime isn’t just for the iPhone. The iPod Touch 4th generation and all future versions can also make and receive FaceTime video calls. The user needs to be connected to a wifi connection to make it work. Since no phone number is affiliated with the iPod Touch, an email address is used to make the call instead.
If you want FaceTime on a bigger screen you can now get that on the iPad 2. When the iPad 2 was released it featured a front facing camera which meant you can make video calls for free with FaceTime. As is the case with the iPod Touch you’ll need to be on wi-fi to make or receive a call.
Want FaceTime on an even bigger screen? Apple has now brought the simplicity of video calling to the personal computer. Now available in the Mac app store is the FaceTime app. Users with older versions of Mac OS X will have to pay $0.99 for the app while FaceTime will come bundled in later versions.
This sets up some interesting scenarios. For example, someone using their iPhone 4S can tell Siri to FaceTime you. Then you can answer the call on your MacBook Air when you’re on your desk in your home office. You will be able to make and receive video calls in high definition and talk as long as you want for free.
Now video calling with FaceTime has come full circle, allowing iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook and iMac users to all make video calls with each other.