New evidence points to multiparty Facetime chats

Tue, Oct 19, 2010

News, Rumors

Facetime on the¬†iPhone 4 is cool and all, but when you break it down, it’s really just iChat Video gone mobile. Still, Apple is pushing the feature hard, as evidenced by the slew of iPhone 4 commercials devoted exclusively towards it.

Perviously an iPhone 4 exclusive, Facetime is now available on the most recent iteration of the iPod Touch while Facetime for the next-gen iPad is reportedly in the “advanced testing stages.” On that ntoe, a forum memberover at iPodTouchFans found a telling .plist string in Facetime’s code over here –¬†/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/IMCore.framework/imagent.app/PlugIns/FaceTime.imservice/ServiceProperties.plist

<key>AllowsMultipleConnections</key>

	<false/>

Multiple connections, eh? Could true video conferencing capabilities (i.e more than 2 people) be on the horizon? Perhaps, and it would certainly make sense for the iPad, especially in business settings. Incidentally, there are also rumors that Facetime integration with iChat may be coming sometime soon.

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