Perhaps the most attractive feature of the new released iPad 2 is that it has two cameras in it, which allows you to video-conference with users of other iPad 2s and iPhone 4s using Apple's FaceTime app. Ever since the iPhone was introduced back in 2007, users have dreamed of the day they could do video conferencing with it. While a camera on the face had seemed one of the major stumbling blocks, it wasn’t exactly a deal breaker to the whole concept. Well, now we’re getting the camera we had all been hoping for, let's see how iPad 2 can realize video conferencing with iPad 2 Facetime.
For now, you can use FaceTime only with a Wi-Fi connection, not 3G. That limits you to places where Wi-Fi is available. For many people, that means home, the office, hotels, airports, and coffee shops.
FaceTime is a bundled app on the iPad 2 and is easy to set up. You must enter your Apple ID (an e-mail address) to use it, along with the Apple ID of whomever you're calling. The person you're calling must have their iPad 2 (or iPhone4) connected via Wi-Fi to take your call. When a call comes in, the recipient can answer it or reject it.
While conferencing, you can press the Home button and take on another task, such as Web surfing, without disconnecting. While you're running another app besides FaceTime, your call switches to audio-only; it switches back to video when you go back to Facetime. When I tried playing a streaming video on the Web during a call, though, Dean noticed a bit of choppiness in my voice.
The video image of your conference members was good though a little blocky, showing a bit of the digital noise you sometimes see on YouTube. Digital noise became more pronounced, and there was some blurriness while the webcam or subject was moving.
Since the iPad 2's webcam is located near its perimeter, to look directly at the camera you must avert your eyes from the center of the display. It felt more natural to me using the iPad 2 in portrait mode with the webcam above the display rather than using it in landscape mode, because we could look directly at the camera by glancing slightly upward rather than to the side.
We noticed a delay of perhaps half a second between when each of us spoke or moved and when that sound or image reached the other party. That's to be expected, since the signals had to travel through the Internet and a FaceTime server, even though we were both in the same lab.
OK, want to experience a video conferece by yourself? You may open the iPad 2 Facetime and begin the journey.
If you are an iPad beginner, you may go to see how to set up new iPad 2.