Mac models introduced in 2011 introduced high-definition video Face Time, which devices use automatically when both ends have a Face Time HD camera.
Unlike Mac OS X's i Chat, Face Time does not support group conferencing.
In i Phone, if a phone call is pending and the user attempts to answer, the video call ends and the phone call begins with the next user.
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On the i Phone, a user can activate Face Time during a phone call by pressing the Face Time button, or initiated Face Time from their call history or the Contacts application.
i OS 7 and newer also provide a separate Face Time app, as there always has been on Apple's non-telephony devices: i Pad, i Pod Touch, and Mac.
Face Time calls can be placed from supported devices to any phone number or email address that is registered to the Face Time service.
A single email address can be registered to multiple devices and a call placed to that address rings all devices simultaneously.
On February 24, 2011, Face Time left beta and was listed in the Mac App Store for US$0.99.
Apple claims that it intended to provide the application free of charge, however, a provision of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (2002) bars companies from providing an unadvertised new feature of an already-sold product without enduring "onerous accounting measures".
A new audio-only version of Face Time, named Face Time Audio, was announced during the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech on June 10, 2013, and released with i OS 7 on September 18, 2013.
As an audio-only version of Face Time, it effectively makes the protocol into a voice over Internet Protocol (Vo IP), that competes with other mainstream providers in the field, including Skype (Microsoft).
Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Face Time on June 7, 2010, in conjunction with the i Phone 4, in a keynote speech at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
Support for the fourth generation i Pod Touch (the first model of i Pod Touch equipped with cameras) was announced in conjunction with this device's release on September 8, 2010.
Even though Face Time worked only over 3G at that time, it now supports 4G LTE calls on networks all over the world, availability being limited to operators' GSM plans.