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Apple A French Web site, Mac4Ever, posted claiming the Cupertino computer crafters are creating software for Mac OS X, presumably an update to, that will allow desktop and notebook users to communicate via FaceTime with compatible iOS devices. The information is not backed up with sources, but the site has been known to have semi-accurate predictions (SD Cards on last year's iMac release, though incorrect in predicting the release of iLife '11 in August of this year). Translated via Google Translate, the site reports that, 'it is rumored that Apple is preparing to leave FaceTime for Mac and PC, the Mac version coming to settle down in the iChat software.' I still believe is the most important feature introduced with iPhone (and iOS) 4. Considering its recent foray into social networking ( and ), Apple is positioning itself as the quintessential personal connection company.
By pioneering open communications standards like (Internet) and FaceTime (video calling) Apple is able to protect its ecosystem of integrated hardware and software by providing an unmatched experience using those standards, proving Apple's value. It's genius really. Including FaceTime compatibility on Mac OS X and Windows would be a major plus for users and cause a major scare for companies deep in the desktop video communications game (read: ). FaceTime is an open industry standard (Skype is not) for video chatting and (for now) only requires a Wi-Fi connection to use. Including FaceTime on Mac OS X and creating a corresponding Windows program would trump many of Skype's current advantages in the video calling market and thrust Apple to the head of the class in yet another niche.