By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 13, 2016
Anyone who uses their iPhone to pick up calls, whether they’re phone calls or FaceTime calls, knows that when music is playing, iOS will automatically pause the music until the phone call ends. When it does, iOS will resume the song where it left off.
Those who don’t like how the music resumes after a phone call really have no way to disable the feature on a stock iPhone; instead, you would have to go back to the app that is playing the music and pause it manually.
A new free jailbreak tweak called PauseAfterCall solves this problem. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016
I use FaceTime on a regular basis to place cellular iPhone phone calls through my Mac and engage in immersive video calls with friends and family.
Each and every missed, placed, received and declined audio and video FaceTime call is captured on the recent calls list so that you can click an entry to quickly dial that person.
For privacy reasons, you might want to remove some of the items from your recent calls. In this tutorial, we’re going to lay out two ways of removing traces of any particular FaceTime call while telling you about a cool trick toclear your recent calls list completely. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 28, 2016
If you own more than one Apple device, be it an iPhone, an iPad, an iPod touch, or a Mac, you might have encountered this situation where a call on your iPhone rings simultaneously on your other devices. This is part of a feature called Continuity, and in most cases, it’s really helpful.
But if like most of us at iDB, you own several Apple devices, the situation can quickly escalate and you end up having your iPhone, two iPads, and maybe even your Mac ring at the same time.
For some, this can be incredibly useful, but for others it just creates an array of unwanted notifications and multiple devices ringing at once. This can get really annoying if you have all of your devices sitting around the same desk when you get a call because it sounds like a phone call symphony.
If you’d like to fine-tune which of your devices are allowed to take phone calls from your iPhone, then follow along with us. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to keep your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from ringing every time your iPhone gets a phone call. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016
Apple’s best mobile cameras go into iPhones, not iPads, though a curious thing happened at today’s unveiling of a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro—both it and the iPhone 6s share a powerful Apple-designed camera subsystem which takes sharp snaps in twelve megapixels and shoots video in 4K.
Even more curiously, the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains stuck with a previous-generation shooter even though that device was released barely six months ago.
The decision to give the 9.7-inch iPad Pro virtually the same camera subsystem as the iPhone 6s is a welcome surprise which we hope kicks off a new trend for Apple. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2016
From the onset, the iPhone has supported common features such as mid-call switching to an incoming phone call, creating a conference call between multiple parties and more. These features extend to FaceTime, Apple’s solution for making audio and video calls over the Internet that bypass a carrier’s voice network.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a quick transition to a FaceTime call on your iPhone without hanging up on the current call. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2016
If you want to temporarily disable FaceTime on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without signing out in Settings → FaceTime and having to manually log back in with your Apple ID to re-enable it, you’ve come to the right place.
This tutorial will show you how to temporarily disable FaceTime on your iOS device and teach you to quickly re-enable it, without having to jump through hoops. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2015
Earlier in the week, 9to5Mac corroborated analyst and supply chain reports that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones will also bring major improvements to the front-facing FaceTime camera which should go from a paltry 1.3 megapixels on current iPhones to five megapixels.
Today, the blog said that the FaceTime camera on upcoming iPhones will feature support for selfie panoramas and slow-motion video capture. The report added that Apple is working on a keyboard accessory for an ‘iPad Pro’ and offered a few more tidbits regarding Apple’s announcements come this Wednesday. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015
Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones were previously rumored to incorporate a five-megapixel sensor out the front and now a revered analyst is reaffirming those rumors.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst in the world, is reporting in a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that aside from upgrading the back shooter to twelve megapixels, the front-facing camera on the new phones will be five megapixels. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 29, 2015
Some new photos surfaced this weekend, showing what is said to be the front face of an iPhone 6s. 9to5Mac shares the high resolution images of the claimed component, which appears to offer up insight into two of the unannounced handset’s new features.
The first is a higher resolution FaceTime camera. We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now that the iPhone 6s will feature an improved front-facing camera for taking better selfies, and if legitimate, this part confirms it with a larger FaceTime camera sensor. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2015
If you use Apple’s Boot Camp software to run Windows and OS X in a dual-boot configuration, you’re advised to install the company’s new driver update for the FaceTime camera on 2015 MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.
The FaceTime Camera Driver Update, a manual download from Apple’s website, improves FaceTime camera compatibility with Windows. This update is recommended for all Boot Camp users. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015
Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC’s popular television sitcom Modern Family was shot entirely on iPhone and iPad cameras and will play out entirely on a MacBook screen, showing exchanges between characters who use FaceTime to communicate among themselves.
The forthcoming episode, titled “Connection Lost,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and is scheduled to air at 9pm next Wednesday, February 25, on ABC. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 5, 2015
Unlimited data plans are a thing of the past, and while some users have been grandfathered into these plans, most of us now have capped data plans, forcing us to be a little more conservative with our data, or at least be more aware of our usage. For the data-conscious people out there, we have a simple tip that will show you a quick and easy way to see how much data specific FaceTime calls use. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014
I use FaceTime on a daily basis and have always hated it wouldn’t let me save calls to my Mac in the form of a media file. Surely Apple could have implemented such a feature if they wanted, but they didn’t and I think privacy is a big part of that.
If for whatever reason you need to record FaceTime calls to a Mac, Call Recorder by Ken and Glen Aspeslagh, twin brothers from Massachusetts, has you covered.
The app creates a QuickTime movie file containing an audio track for audio-only calls and a video track for FaceTime video calls. QuickTime is an industry-standard multimedia container, meaning you can play your saved video and audio chats pretty much anywhere, convert the files to other formats in software like iMovie or Adobe After Effects, upload them to YouTube and more. Read More
By Timothy Reavis on Jul 12, 2014
HandsFree is a recently released jailbreak tweak that works in conjunction with iOS 7’s Phone and FaceTime apps and introduces the ability to answer incoming calls straight to speaker with a simple wave of your hand. The key phrase here is “straight to speaker,” as this tweak eliminates the two-step process previously required to answer a call and enable speakerphone.
HandsFree works with FaceTime Video and Audio in addition to cellular calls, so answering an incoming call is seamless across the board… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014
After some folks on iOS 6 and older versions of OS X started complaining about being unable to make or receive FaceTime calls on their devices, Apple has responded by releasing an emergency fix for the FaceTime app on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Getting to the root of the problem, the company on Thursday published a support document that casts more light on the issue.
People have apparently been experiencing FaceTime connection problems due to a bug resulting from a device certificate that expired on April 16, 2014. Luckily, there’s a simple resolution for the problem, one which you may not necessarily like. Hit the jump for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014
When Apple was unveiling a new video-calling capability on the then new iPhone 4 at the WWDC 2010 keynote, Steve Jobs presented the feature as one of his famous ‘one more thing’ moments.
FaceTime debuted as a hassle-free video calling service between iPhone 4 devices and was initially Wi-Fi-only, but Apple eventually rolled it out across the lineup so it’s available across Mac, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices on both Wi-Fi and cellular.
The engineer behind the feature, Roberto Garcia, was forced to spill the beans on how FaceTime came out of work done for Game Center in his testimony during the fourth week of the second Apple vs. Samsung trial in California, here are the juiciest bits… Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 23, 2014
Apple has released a fix for the FaceTime app on older versions of OS X, specifically OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Users of older software, as we reported last week, have been seeing issues with FaceTime, unable to connect and complete calls, for unknown reasons. Apple released version 1.0.5 of the $0.99 app to address the issue: Read More