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badidea
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Jun 15, 2015, 08:08 AM
 
Hi,

can anyone give me more details what's going on here?

Yesterday I tried for the very first time to start a video conference with 3 people in Facetime (all in OS X - not iOS!)...and couldn't find out how to add the 3rd person and start this!!
After googling a little bit I kind of found out that this is not possible with Facetime!? Right??
I am really surprised now because I clearly remember that this feature was presented in one of the Apple keynotes some years ago when I saw Facetime for the very first time!
What happened to this and why doesn't it work?
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Mike Wuerthele
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Jun 15, 2015, 09:09 AM
 
Huh. That's strange, I do this in Messages all the time and in iChat before.

FaceTime itself is one on one, but through Messages, you should be fine.
     
badidea  (op)
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Jun 16, 2015, 05:01 AM
 
Oh, this should work in Messages but not Facetime? Thanks for the hint - I'll try that next time!
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Charles Martin
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Jun 17, 2015, 09:33 PM
 
Badidea, FaceTime has never been anything but one-on-one for video (or now audio) calling. You're thinking back to when iChat was introduced, it could do three-way video conferencing. I've never tried multi-party video chatting in Messages, will have to give that a try sometime.
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turtle777
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Jun 19, 2015, 09:00 PM
 
But it's still completely stupid and unintuitive for Apple to NOT allow three-way Facetimes, when it's clearly technically possible.

Most likely, behind the scenes, the code is basically the same anyways.

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Jun 23, 2015, 04:02 AM
 
Originally Posted by Charles Martin View Post
Badidea, FaceTime has never been anything but one-on-one for video (or now audio) calling. You're thinking back to when iChat was introduced, it could do three-way video conferencing. I've never tried multi-party video chatting in Messages, will have to give that a try sometime.
Oh yes, I guess you're right, I mixed it with iChat!
So iChat is now Messages, right? And it still does video chat? Why do we have Facetime then?
I am getting too old for this modern computer stuff...
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