3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2011 2:03 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
Ged123 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm new to this and wondered if someone could sum up what iChat is?


Is it using the camera like face time to see someone else using wifi or is it both but mainly just a copy of msn messanger???

  • Niel Level 10 (293,780 points)

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  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 (70,520 points)



    Without links.


    iChat is an IM application (Text Chats) that can do Video Chats, Audio Only chats and Screen Sharing.


    Face Time is closer to making a Video call instead of a regular Phone call

    (if you have it on  a Mac, that Mac does not have to be Wifi only the phone has to have a WiFi connection)


    iChat also has iChat Theatre  (A way of playing/sending as Video) items from other apps.

    The iPhoto bit lets you send single pics or Slideshows (with or without the music)

    How iChat Theatre looks does depend on the Mac and it's specs that you have.


    iChat can use AIM Names.

    These include @mac.com and Mobileme names from Apple IDs  (not other Apple IDs though)

    Since iChat 3 it has been able to use a Jabber Name (These include GoogleMail IDs as they run a Jabber  server.


    From Lion you can also use a Yahoo name and run a Buddy list that way.



    iChat always uses the same Video and Audio Protocols no matter with type of account/Screen name you use.

    In the case of Jabber/Google and Yahoo Buddies they have to be using iChat as well.


    Note 2

    IF you happen to use a @mac.com name or a MobileMe one then the password needs to be 16 character or less as this is the limit at the AIM servers.


    I lied about the link

    http://www.ralphjohns.co.uk/  (about 360 pages on iChat 2 through 5)



    10:03 PM      Friday; August 5, 2011

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