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iPhone 4 video calling: CNET News Video
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs dials up a pal to demo the iPhone 4's new FaceTime video-calling feature.
>> [Music] In 2007 when we launched the iPhone, it was my privilege to make the first public call on stage to one of my best friends in the whole world, Johnny Ive, the head of our design team, and I'd like to do the same on this occasion. So, I'm going to go ahead and call Johnny now. ^M00:00:26 [ Background noise ] ^M00:00:41 [ Applause ] ^M00:00:50 Hey, Johnny. ^M00:00:51 [ Applause ] ^M00:00:58 Hey, Johnny, how you doing? >> [Pause] I'm good. I'm good. How you? [Laughter] >> [Applause] So, we call this FaceTime. FaceTime video calling, and it's...it's great. It's iPhone 4 to iPhone 4, anywhere there is WiFi, and there is no set up required. You don't have to find a server, you don't have to type in anything, you don't use special code, you don't need a buddy list, nothing. You just make a phone call. You can use the front or the rear camera. You can switch to the rear camera so the person on the other end can see what you're seeing. You just switch back and forth real easy. Portrait or landscape. You turn your phone, it automatically does the right thing on the other side, so if you have two people wanting to talk to somebody, you just go into landscape and get a little bit wider aspect ratio. And the video and the audio quality is great. Now, FaceTime's going to be WiFi only in 2010. We need to work a little bit with the cellular providers, [laughter] get ready for the future. So we're WiFi only in 2010, and Apple will ship tens of millions of FaceTime devices this year. Tens of millions of FaceTime devices this calendar year. So, there's going to be a lot of people to talk to. Now, FaceTime is based on a lot of open standards, H264 video, AAC audio, and a bunch of alphabet soup acronyms [laughter], and we're going to take it all the way. We're going to the standards bodies starting tomorrow, and we're going to make FaceTime an open industry standard. ^M00:03:06 [ Applause ] ^M00:03:15 [ Music ]