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iPhone 3.2 SDK hints at iPhone with video calls

updated 02:55 pm EST, Sun February 21, 2010

iPhone SDK has hooks for video chat

A discovery in the iPhone 3.2 developer kit suggests Apple is opening the door to video calls on its device. Icons in the Telephony UI framework would cover accepting or declining a video chat invitation; code references alternately make references to "iChat" and (in the video toolbox) "VideoChat." No apps are currently included that would support the feature.

The code is a possible carryover from full Mac OS X, where iChat with video is built-in. However, these references haven't been spotted before, and firmware mentions have periodically been signs of iPhone and iPod touch features.

Which devices would get the feature aren't clear. Alleged spare frame parts for the iPad show room for a camera in the initial design, but front video cameras have been a staple of some higher-end smartphones for years and would be borne out by hints of a taller iPhone that might make room for the added optics. Networking is also an issue as 3G has only limited bandwidth for two-way video. [via 9to5Mac]

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  1. Marook

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    Joined: May 1999


    "3G has only limited bandwidth for two-way video"?

    What are you TALKING about??

    3G was MADE for video calls! You have been able to make videocalls on most 3G phones in europe for Years! Yeah, 3G does not allow a 720p video call, but that has never been the claim... ;-)

  1. mark135800

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    Joined: Feb 2010


    ichat on iPad is a killer app?

    I can't quite figure out what I'd use it for, but I want an iPad. However, if it had a version of ichat with a front facing camera, I can see it being used as a videophone pretty regularly and would be a very real reason to buy one. And if Apple made the experience of iChat between iPads and Macs just a little bit better and more seamless than other video chat clients, it would be a good reason for my relatives and friends to get an iPad or to switch their PCs to Macs. I for one hope that the apparent room in the chassis for a camera is put to good use just before they release the shipping version.

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