FaceTime For PC
Telecommunication is a compound made up of the Greek prefix Tele and the Latin word Communicare. It means communication over a distance via some medium. Initially, it was only possible through wire or cable. The telephone was the first proper two-way communication device. Though the telephone was invented in 1876 the actual development in communication happened in the 20th century. 2nd half of the 20th century can be attributed to wireless communication. The fourth quarter of the century can be ascribed to mobile phone communication. The internet made a very old human dream come true and that was video calling. The idea of video calling can be found in the fiction novels and SciFi series of the 19th century. Although the first video call was done in 1928 but mainstreaming of video calling happened in the late 90s. With the beginning of the 21st-century mobile networks made giant leaps like 3G and 4G and now the 5G. 3G made video communication over the internet possible.
3G can truly be imputed as the beginning of modern high-speed mobile communication. The last three decades have seen enormous communication applications that have facilitated audio-video communication. From the late 90’s CU-SeeMe to Skype to Whatsapp, video communication has made a long journey. Apple is known for its innovative technological advancements. Apple made its debut in the mobile phone market in the year 2007 with the launch of the iPhone. The iPhone was a great success very soon. It established Apple as one of the major smartphone market players. Apple introduced lots of amazing features and apps through its iOS platform. Apple continued its trend of innovations on the mobile platform as well. With the evolution of the iPhone, Apple was able to capture a good share in the mobile phone market. In 2010 Apple came up with its premier video calling app on iOS and that was FaceTime. Let’s take a look at what FaceTime offers.
In the year 2010, Apple introduced its first video calling application for the iOS mobile platform. That was for calling over WiFi networks. In 2012, the first cellular video calling version of this app was released. The name FaceTime was acquired from FaceTime Inc that changed its name to Actiance after selling its name to Apple Corporation. iPhone 4 was the first device to have the FaceTime application. iPod Touch 4th generation which was the first iPod to have a camera was also launched with FaceTime. In October 2010 FaceTime was made available at Mac App Store as well.
iPad 2 in 2011 was the first iPad to have the FaceTime application. In 2012 FaceTime was launched for mobile data networks. In 2013 with the release of iOS 7 the Audio only call support was introduced in FaceTime. In 2018 FaceTime started supporting group audion and video chat. Call waiting was introduced in iOS 8. FaceTime communication requires the application to be installed on both devices. Officially Apple doesn’t support the FaceTime application to be used on non-Apple devices. You can sign-in to the application with Apple ID. iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini, iPod Touch fourth generation or later, and Mac running macOS X Lion or later can use it for free. The older Mac can access it by paying $0.99 only.
Features Of FaceTime
FaceTime allows you to communicate with family and friends all over the world. Make audio and video calls to other iOS devices or even a Mac from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. FaceTime comes as a free app with Apple devices.
- Call contacts using their phone number or Apple ID, and make video and audio calls.
- FaceTime with up to 32 people at once in a group environment.
- Add effects to your FaceTime call to turn into an Animoji, position stickers, and much more.
- Show your face with the front-facing FaceTime camera, or turn to the back camera to show your buddies what you’re doing.
- In the Phone app, create Favorites for easy access to important contacts.
- FaceTime calls are included in the Phone app’s latest calls column.
- FaceTime is compatible with both Wi-Fi (iPhone 4 or later) and cellular networks (iPhone 4s or later).
FaceTime On PC
At the time of the launch of FaceTime at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that Apple FaceTime would be an Open Industry Standard that means cross-platform development of the app would be possible for other developers. Later on, this was not materialized as Apple didn’t make any progress in this regard so it remained unavailable for other platforms besides iOS and macOS. Lately, through third-party development, it was made possible to use FaceTime on platforms other than iOS and macOS. To use FaceTime on your PC you need to install some emulators to run the application in an emulated environment. This way you can run FaceTime on Windows 10 or Windows 7 from your PC.
How To Install FaceTime For Windows?
Facetime can only be downloaded onto a Windows PC using an iOS Emulator. An iOS Emulator’s main purpose is to replicate iOS-powered processes on your device and to make installing Apple-run apps easier. iPadian is the suggested iOS emulator. On their website, you can find a link to download the emulator. You can also use some other iOS emulator if that is more convenient for you.
- Download and set up the simulator on your PC after downloading it
- When you first start it up, the emulator’s interface would look just like an iPhone’s
- Locate and open the App Store icon in the emulator
- Since you’re using your PC emulator for the first time, you’re required to create an Apple ID
- Create a new account if you don’t already have one
- After signing in, look for Facetime in the App Store’s search bar
- Download and install the software on your emulator
- The Facetime icon will appear on your emulator’s home screen
- You can use the app once installed
FaceTime is a great communication app for iOS and macOS users. Now it is possible to use this amazing app from your PC. So follow up the procedure above and enjoy communicating from your Windows-based PC with your friends and family members using the Apple platforms.