At the keynote for the annual Apple developer conference WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) was presented touch on June 10, the new version of our own mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod iOS While the great innovations dedicated 7th sufficient time and attention, many various minor improvements – but can make a big difference for many – a little under the table. One of these little things is FaceTime audio available on Facetime PC.
What’s FaceTime audio?
With the iPhone 4 in 2010 also FaceTime was released, a way to free, data-based video telephony from your iOS device to iOS device or Mac via Voice Over IP (VoIP). This year, Apple went one step further and allows FaceTime audio VoIP telephony without image transmission. Only calls between iOS devices be possible – however, in the future – as already used to. A VoIP call to a Samsung smartphone is not possible with this service.
Initial reports said it is quite realistic that FaceTime audio have the same impact on phone calls has iMessages as SMS. In addition, Apple does with this offer also long-established VoIP providers such as Skype competition Skype which is of course not limited to iOS devices. While it remains to be seen how FaceTime audio is recorded from the users. But it can be predicted with a high probability that it will not only be a niche product like FaceTime itself
How it works?
FaceTime audio works – like the “normal” FaceTime – a Wi-Fi connection and also via the mobile data network.
To initiate a FaceTime call audio, you open the FaceTime app on your iPhone, select the bottom right “contacts” and search in your contacts list someone who has an iPhone and FaceTime calls can be received. Typing in the name. Then you see the Contact entry of the respective person. Seek out a line called “FaceTime”. In this line you see on the right the camera icon for the conventional FaceTime call with video transmission, and next to the receiver icon for FaceTime audio call. Typing on the phone and it makes a VoIP call!
Of course, FaceTime audio calls can also be at any point in iOS 7 active, where normal FaceTime calls can be made. For example, in the news app.
In the news app you choose a conversation with the person above already selected (or someone else from your contacts who has an iPhone) and then taps right on top of “Contact”. Here you have now – again by means of a tap on the receiver icon – the ability to start a FaceTime call audio.