Sooo, I have also a Mac Mini and if you click in the message app on a contact, there is a little phone icon next to the name. This will start a Facetime audio call! Really! Even in the contact app is a little phone icon which will also initiat a Facetime audio call.
What are you talking about, DerLukee?
I don't even have a phone icon in messages. My Messages app on my mac is completely blank. Through its preferences you can verify that you have a microphone and sound, but there is absolutely nothing in the messages app on my mac that indicates you can do an audio call.
Maybe something is lost in translation?
Again, we are talking about Facetime on Mavericks on a mac system without a camera/isight... built-in or external, like a mac mini or mac pro. And because there is no camera, the user is locked out of using Facetime.
My mac will ring anytime a Facetime call comes (app open or not) but you can't do anything. Not make calls. Not receive calls. And nothing I see in and around Messages solves that.
Derlukee made me poke and prod around some more to see what happens.
On the mac side:
Facetime = nothing but connect camera screen
Messages = completely blank
Contacts = my regular address book, shows myself as capable with facetime video & audio
On the iphone side:
FaceTime myself = rings on my mac, but can't do anything
iPhone, Contacts, FaceTime Audio to myself ==> I get an answer / decline screen on FaceTime app on the mac! Just like derlukee showed.
So, it actually can work.
What happens however, is whenever somebody FaceTimes me, it typically is video, the mac rings and you can't do anything.
I don't get the option to receive video and answer with audio. (one-way video, two-way audio)
Nor have a fallback to two-way audio.
On the mac, you can't iniate FaceTime to anybody (like call back a missed call) from within the app. Unlike how it works on the iPhone or iPad.
Now my FaceTime icon is stuck with a red (1) on the dock? No way to clear it.
Guess I'll have to try FT from my contacts list, as my messages is completely blank.
Double check if anything else suddenly works.
So thanks, Derlukee. I've got it partially working.
Still seems like a half baked attempt from Apple though.
So in other words what you're saying is that on a Mini without a camera:
- incoming FaceTime Audio calls can be answered
- outgoing FaceTime Audio calls cannot be made
- incoming FaceTime video calls fail without defaulting to audio-only
I tried clicking that Audio call button in Contacts a bunch of times, and it never does anything but launch the FaceTime Video app and show that same error:
No Camera Available
To Use FaceTime, Connect A Camera
You are correct, octothorpe.
Thas is a nice concise summary of my experience.
I have been at my mini desktop, with an iPad and iPhone nearby.
My wife can call me on FaceTime video, all three (mac mini, ipad, iphone) will ring, but I cannot answer the call on FaceTime desktop. No controls. Locked out with the connect camera on screen.
If my wife goes into her contact list, looks me up, clicks on the FaceTime handset icon, all three will ring, and I can answer the audio call in FaceTime desktop.
I cannot iniatiate anything from FaceTime desktop. It is just black with the error message.
I have sent some feedback to Apple about this, but bugs, features and enhancement requests work in mysterious ways, some stuff gets fixed in a point or sub-point release. Other stuff I have been waiting 5 years for. Anyhow. I hope other people will look up the Apple Feedback page and send them a note to allow mixed communication, lift the camera requirement or fix that error; and allow FaceTime to function like skype.