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New iPhone 4: ‘Facetime’ WiFi Video Chat – Full Details

Some exciting news to bring you straight from Apple’s WWDC event now, as Steve Jobs left it until the very end to confirm video chat as a feature for the upcoming iPhone 4 and iPhone iOS4. It looks stunning.

He demoed the new video chat by calling Senior Vice-President of Design Jony Ives and unveiled that the new video chat features will be known as ‘Facetime’. Both Portrait and landscape mode can be used for iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 video calling, and both cameras (front and back) are usable.

There will be no set-up required for Facetime – just start calling and thats it. However, the downside to Facetime, is that it will only be available over WiFi at the moment. Steve Jobs revealed that there is ‘still work to be done’ to enable video calling over 3G.

The new service will be based on many open standards, including h.264, AAC, SIP and more. Steve Jobs pointed out that Apple are aiming to make Facetime an open industry standard.

What are your initial impressions of video chat on the new iPhone 4? Are you impressed or not? Maybe you are more disappointed that 3G video calling won’t be available until 2011 at the earliest.

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