Apple Facetime for the Mac

Apple announced FaceTime video conferencing for the Mac at Back to the Mac event.

The new feature allows Mac users to communicate via FaceTime with other Macs and other Facetime-capable devices including the iPhone 4 and the 4th-generation iPod touch.

A beta release of Facetime for the Mac will be downloadable today from Apple’s site.

FaceTime works right out of the box — no need to set up a special account or screen name. And using it is as easy as it gets. Let’s say you want to start a video call with your best friend. Just find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already talking on a voice call with her, iPhone 4 to iPhone 4, and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape modes.

According to Steve Jobs, there are already more than 19 million Facetime-capable devices in use today.

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