iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Reveals Email-Based FaceTime Support

Email-Based FaceTime Support

We have heard several rumors that suggest that the next generation of iPod Touch and iPad could come with a front facing camera that would allow Apple to bring FaceTime, iPhone 4’s video calling feature to non-iPhone devices.

Macrumors has discovered more evidence in iOS 4.1 beta 3 that was released earlier this week, which indicates that the FaceTime feature is definitely coming to non-iPhone devices.

Apple's FaceTime video-calling feature, which is currently available only on iPhone 4 references every user by their phone number. This is tricky since users of iPod Touch and iPad do not have a phone number referenced to their device.

But Macrumors has probably discovered how Apple plans to allow non-iPhone device users to make FaceTime video calls:

A new option in the iOS "Contacts" application allows users to make FaceTime calls using either a phone number or an email address. This would allow FaceTime compatibility with devices not associated with a phone number such as future camera-enabled iPads and iPod touches.

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This is not the first time email address is speculated as a way to make FaceTime calls from non-iPhone devices such as iPod Touch and iPad. Last month, we had reported that Apple might make use of the email address or users’ Apple ID to reference non-iPhone devices.

If these speculations turn out to be accurate then the future looks very promising for FaceTime. What has been your experience with FaceTime so far? Please share your views in the comments below.

[via Macrumors]