FaceTime for Mac 1.x: FaceTime requirements

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FaceTime requirements

Using FaceTime on your Mac, you can place video calls to users and receive video calls from users of any device that supports FaceTime—another Mac computer, an iPod touch (4th generation) running iOS 4.1 or later, an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1 or later, or an iPad 2.

Make sure you have

  • An Internet connection. You can use Ethernet or Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet.
  • A Mac computer running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, with all available security updates installed.
  • A camera. You can use any of the following cameras:
    • A camera built into an Apple display or a Mac.

    • An external camera connected to your computer’s audio FireWire port.

    • An external Universal Serial Bus (USB) camera that supports the UVC spec and DV/HDV cameras.

  • A microphone. You can use the built-in microphone, or an external microphone attached to your computer’s audio input port. You can use a Bluetooth or USB microphone or headset.
  • Address book contacts. You can call FaceTime users whose contact information is kept in Address Book. You can add, edit, and delete Address Book contacts right from FaceTime.

    You can also call FaceTime users whose contact information is kept in Exchange. You can edit Exchange contact information and delete Exchange contacts right from FaceTime.

    To place a video call to an iPhone user, you use a phone number. To call other Mac users, iPod touch users, or iPad users, you use an email address.

Select the camera and microphone you want to use

If you have multiple cameras or multiple microphones attached to your computer, choose Video, and then select the camera or microphone you want to use for video calls.

Last Modified: Nov 6, 2013
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