Remember back in June when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 4 and the revolutionary FaceTime ability? Perhaps if you’re detail oriented you’ll remember that Jobs also stated that Apple would be shipping 10’s of millions of FaceTime ready devices. How will he make this happen?

Fortune has a broke down report on how Jobs might make his promise a reality in spite of critics who scoffed at the number proposed. I’ll give you a hint, it isn’t exclusive to Apple handhelds…

One analyst says the iPhone is the best spot to start. Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster predicts that over 23 million iPhone 4’s will be sold between this quarter and the next. While some of those will be iPhone 3GS (not FaceTime compatible) it gives Jobs a head start on his quoted promise.

Next of course is the new iPod Touch. The new media player now offers the FaceTime ability through email and Munster estimates that 10.5 million will be sold in the quarter that starts September 26th. If you’re keeping a tally, that already brings us to over 30 million FaceTime capable devices floating around.

The last possible outlet where Apple can add their FaceTime revolution to is their very own Mac computers. iChat is currently used on both the iMac and all of the Apple MacBook laptops for video chatting.

If FaceTime were to upend the iChat service as the default way to video chat then every iPhone 4 or new iPod Touch owner could call up anyone with a Mac computer. It would also add 13 million FaceTime capable units to the tally of those shipped this year.

What do you guys think? Will iChat be replaced by FaceTime and instantly connect millions more through video calling? Perhaps Jobs overreached when he claimed such a high number back in June. Give us your predictions in the comments below.

  • Scott

    Bang on… iChat, Skype, and possibly google chat if they are all smart about launching the video calling era

  • MikeLo

    Looking forward to whatever apple has to offer

  • It’s definitely possible. With 2 million already sold, there are plenty if opportunities to make the last 8 million. As said, between both iPhone and touch device floating around, it isn’t that hard a goal to reach in 3 and a half months.

  • griff

    the whole exclusivity of facetime is that is used via mobile devices, facetime on an imac will be nothing because people have ichat and skype, and a very small percentage of people will actaully call their friends up on there imac to an iphone.

    • October

      I have an iPhone 4, my b/f doesn’t, it’s a small deal, but I would be happy to video chat/FaceTime him from my phone to our laptop at home…

      I wouldn’t call it revolutionary, but a no brainer for sure…

  • Steve

    What about iPad?

  • joseph

    hopefully its just for computers and idevices. i dont want to see it on android they need to make their own.

  • Jeff

    I think inevitably, it will ring true, it’s only a matter of time. You’re looking at perhaps the biggest social change since social networking itself. It’ll be interesting what the iPod 4G’s numbers are once Apple releases the data. That’s really going to paint a picture as to how popular FaceTime is with the general public. It’s still in sort of a niche phase with the iPhone, but the iPod demographics is a whole ‘nother ballpark. Time will tell, but I’d say Jobs’ figures aren’t too far fetched at all.

  • Michael Honez

    Proofread much???

    “Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster predicts that over 23 million iPhone 4′s will be sold between this quarter and the next. While some of those will be iPhone 3GS (not FaceTime compatible) it gives Jobs a head start on his quoted promise.”