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Arsalankk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
So I watched Steve's presentation today and he mentioned that they will release the 4.0 update on June 22nd. I wanted to know if facetime is included in that update for 3gs since on his slide show only the iPhone 3g had a * saying that all functionality is not supported. After all, iPhone 3gs does support video. Does anyone know anything ?

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  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,595 points)
    FaceTime requires and iPhone 4.

  • Swizzlar Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    Im guessing due to the iphone 3gs not having a front facing camera this feauture would not be supported by the iphone 3gs.
  • bizzykehl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No, because then there is less incentive for current 3gs users to upgrade to the 4g, which would ultimately make apple less money.
  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,540 points)
    And that's a bad thing? Because?

  • bizzykehl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I didn't say it was a bad thing, I was just stating the reason as to why they won't include this feature.
  • TheOn3LeftBehind Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Uhm, it's a bad thing because they're GREEDY.
  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)
    Ok if they are greedy then explain just how you are going to use facetime on an iphone 3gs without the front facing camera? It won't work because the app was designed for the iphone 4 not the 3gs. Also that would be like trying to put the SMS app on an ipod touch. The touch has no phone capability so how would it text? There are apps designed for specific hardware and this happens to be one of them.
  • Elimeno Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Facetime uses both cameras so it would be possible for it to work on a 3GS. It would just use the back camera. But I doubt Apple would give that functionality to older iPhones.
  • KC7GNM Level 4 Level 4 (2,735 points)
    I know it uses both cameras but they would have to recode to work with just one on the older iphones. Again why do that when it defeats the purpose of video chatting. Either you would have to look at the back of your phone while you chat with someone or they see a wall or other object while you watch them. Not a great way to video chat so why do it for the older iphones?
  • psharma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    guess you are not thinking logically.... Not sure why it's hard for you to understand that Apple is forcing users to upgrade.... Facetime should ahve been there for 3gs users(atleast for video chat via the back camera). I and a developer myself and can tell you that this could have been done easily but the feature was left out intentionally for 3gs users
  • gary.gas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a feeling that it will def not be available for the 3GS, and also what there is to consider is, will the 4G users only be able to video call other 4G users, or all phones that accept video calls?
  • Gadgetnutter Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Oh, I know, I'll just talk to the back of the camera, where I won't be able to see the other caller.

    Or perhaps, Apple will release an iMirror, that you hold in front of your 3GS whilst you talk to the back of it, so you can see the other person!

    I think it's pretty clear why Facetime will only be available on the iPhone 4!
  • geemy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Pretty simple. If I had an Iphone 4 (which will probably happen) and Facetime worked on Iphone 3G, my 1 year old daughter would be able to see me when I call my wife on her 3G, and I think she'd love it.
    Anyway, as Steve said a couple of years ago, nobody wants video chat on a phone...Now we have video chat, but not compatible with standard 3G video call, nor with any older iphone, plus it needs wifi. Completely useless, for the moment at least. Just hope we'll have some decent video conferencing app over 3G and compatible with the standards : 3G, MSN, iChat (Common Apple, how could you make an ichat video for iphone, not compatible with ichat video)
  • geemy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Actually, 3G video call won't happen until Apple decides to implement it in baseband, an apple store app would only be able to make video conferencing over 3G/wifi internet access
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