Apple has released the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Macs. FaceTime for Mac will use your Address Book contacts and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac and Apple LED Cinema Displays.
Apple has finally released the new Apple MacBook Air that is smaller at 11.6 inch and cheaper too. As we have predicted in earlier post, Apple is going to lower boot times on the MacBook Air and use all-flash storage SSD to gain this speed.
The redesigned MacBook Air comes in 13.3 and 11.6-inch flavors with complete unibody construction, second USB port, SD card reader and FaceTime camera instead of iSight camera.
Price list from Apple press release:
The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are immediately available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $999 (US) with a 128GB model for $1,199 (US). The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US) with a 256GB model for $1,599 (US). Configure-to-order options and accessories include faster processors, 4GB of memory, MacBook Air SuperDrive® and a USB Ethernet Adapter.
According to a number of display component vendors (TPK Touch Solutions, Wintek, Cando, and Chimei Innolux), Apple will release iPad with front facing camera and Facetime by first quarter of 2011. Will Apple able to release it by Christmas 2010?
There are now positive rumours that iPod Touch will get FaceTime video chat due to a new front-facing camera. On the iPhone 4, FaceTime is tied to the person’s phone number. AppleInsider reported that FaceTime for iPod Touch will tie to via an email account. Rumors of Apple’s upcoming iPod refresh will take place either Aug. 16 or 17.