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When I first became aware of technology that would allow a mobile handset to video chat with another, I was mind blown. But soon we started seeing more and more applications that would allow such a video chatting, but there was no standard.
That’s where Apple seems to be stepping in. With the announcement of FaceTime for iPhone, iPod touch and Mac, it seems as though Apple wants to create a video call standard. It uses codecs such as H.264 video, AAC audio and SIP signaling, which are all open, and can help FaceTime in become a very open standard in the future.
For now the technology is only available for Apple devices, and comes inbuilt on the new iPhone 4 and the iPod touch 4th Gen. If you lucky enough to have a Mac, it may not seem as straightforward to set it up, here’s a little guide: