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Ever since science fiction and Saturday morning cartoons collided, people have been intrigued by the idea of a videophone, one where you could not only talk to your friends, but see them at the same time. With the advent of the iPhone 4 and later, the fourth-generation iPod touch and iPad 2, whipping out a smallish device to video chat with your friends, family, and business associates is no longer a dream. Apple calls that dream FaceTime, a video-calling technology that works over Wi-Fi. It shakes out this way on the iPad 2.
Launch FaceTime by tapping it on the iPad's home screen. Now the first time you do this, you're likely to be prodded to log in with your account, and I'll do that now. I'll sign in, and then a message will be sent to Apple to confirm. I'm confirmed. I tap Next, and I'm ready to go. You're now ready to make and receive FaceTime calls. To initiate a call, first be sure that you're connected to Wi-Fi network.
FaceTime doesn't work over a 3G network connection. Then bring up a person's contact information using one of the buttons at the bottom of the Contacts pane. So you have the option to look at all your contacts. You can look at Recent Contacts or you can tap Favorites and find your favorites. Here is Magic Nick, my producer. I'm going to tap Nick's name to initiate the FaceTime call. So what's happening now is Nick's iPad is ringing. Pretty soon he's going to pick up, and we'll be able to see and talk to him at the same time.
Looks like we're going. Hey, Nick how you are doing? Nick: Hi Chris. Chris: It's nice to see you. Nick: Great to see you Chris. Chris: Yeah, your lighting is fabulous, by the way. Nick: All right. Chris: Okay, so while we're here, I'm going to ask Nick to do something. When you're using the FaceTime technology, you can your flip your camera around as well. Nick could you flip your camera? And this is what is behind Nick's iPad. Chris: Could you flip it back around please? Nick: All right. Great! Thank you, also if I care to, I can turn my iPad, and this changes the orientation, and it changes what Nick sees as well.
So I'll flip it back, and there you are. So you can use portrait or you can use landscape. Couple other features. One worth noting is the Mute button. I tap Mute here and the great thing about this is that he can't hear me; however, he can see me. So in this case if you are going to say something rude about somebody, make sure that you keep a big smile on your face while you're doing because they can't hear what you're saying. If they're a lip reader, that's a bigger problem. But right now I can say the most terrible things about Nick is that you know he is a magician, but he is not very good at it, honestly.
But I love this guy, and now I'm going to unmute. Nick, I was just telling everybody what a fantastic magician you are, and I'm so honored that you're my producer. Nick: All right, thank you Chris. Chris: You're very welcome. Now I'm going to end the call, and then I'm going to have Nick call me. So I'll talk to you soon. So I tap End and we should disappear. Goodbye Nick. Okay, now I'm going to go back to the Home screen. Just so you can see what it looks like when somebody initiates a call. So we'll wait for Nick to call me.
There he is. So I can decline the call if I want, or I can tap Accept. Hey! There is he again. I just talked you. Did you have something else you wanted to talk to me about? Nick: Oh, I just wanted to catch up a bit. It's been a while. Chris: It really has. Okay, so I've enjoyed the conversation very much, but I'm in the middle of teaching a course. So -- Nick: Okay, yeah, go ahead and do that. Chris: Okay, goodbye. Chris: Okay, so that's the basics of FaceTime. One other thing I wanted to show you is we're going to go to Settings.
We've selected FaceTime. You see there is an entry here that says Add Another Email. This is an option if, let's say you've changed your email address and you want to add another one that people can use to contact you. You can have multiple email addresses. This is how add one. And back to Home screen. FaceTime is a great feature for personal use, a way to have your kids talk to their relatives or keep in touch when you're in a business trip. But it can also be used for more serious things. For example, you can use the rear-facing camera to give a potential renter a virtual tour of your property.
You can show off the floral designs that you have in mind for an upcoming wedding, or you can document the next great revolution. The future never looked so good.
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