About FaceTime

Just in case it wasn’t painfully obvious, I’ve got mobile devices on the brain. My latest wonderings have been on the FaceTime app that is in the iPhone 4. mushroom iphone 8 case Apple has been advertising the crap out of it and tech blogs have been mentioning it everywhere. iphone 7 phone cases and protector And it really does look cool. The problem is, I still have a few questions: 1) Apple called it an ‘open standard’ when they announced it.

Yet, here we are almost a month and a half from when the iPhone 4 launched and there’s still no official word on a timeline of when access to the service might become available for 3rd parties.

Is it an open standard once Apple has released new iPods and iPads that have front facing cameras? Is it an open standard that’s only for companies that want to pay Apple money?

You shouldn’t call a standard “open” unless you’re actually unveiling the standard. Feel free to say it’s designed to be an open standard but don’t claim it is one when no one but you can access it.

2) WiFi only?

What is this crap? Look, I know iPhones are killing AT&T’s bandwidth but it’s kind of annoying that the person who bought the phone and is paying for the data plan doesn’t get to make that decision. If I want to chew up a bunch of bandwidth making video calls to other people, that should be my choice.

When the iPhone first came out, it was obvious that AT&T was giving up its authority to get the device on their network. However, every year since its release, it seems like their fears and insecurities are having a bigger impact on the device.

No tethering, no Google Voice, no 3G video calls, really crappy resolution for streaming video over 3G. These are all decisions that smack of carrier interference and Apple’s willingness to compromise on the functionality of their product to make the service provider happy highlights why we need more open access to a mobile wireless internet.

3) Long term usefulness

My final question, is this really that useful? I can certainly see uses for it. iphone x phone case spigen The best example I can think of is when I end up offering tech support remotely. Way too often I find myself thinking, “If I could just see what they see, I’d have this resolved in 5 minutes.” And that’s a great use. apple iphone 8 full case But besides that, what is there?

Do I really want to have video chats with people. moschino iphone 7 case Not particularly. Not if it means I have to sit there and hold a phone up in front of my face the whole time.

The situations where having video contributes to the conversation is, I think, going to be the vast minority of the time. Not that I don’t think it will come in handy sometimes, just that it would probably account for less than 5% of my phone calls.

Anyway, at the end of the day, Apple has taken something that’s been tried by a number of different people before and managed to make it relevant by streamlining it, getting widespread adoption, and just having it work.

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