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MacBook Pro™ Portable Genius, 3rd Edition by Brad Miser

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Chapter 9: How Can I Chat?

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Chatting has become a common way people keep in touch. Chatting has many advantages, including providing instant communication that’s easy to use. And, in many cases, it is one of the least expensive ways to keep in touch. With your MacBook Pro, you can take advantage of Mac OS X Lion’s chat applications, which are FaceTime and iChat. FaceTime enables you have to visual and audio communication with other Mac users as well as with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users. iChat enables you to have text, audio, and video chats and you can also share desktops and present documents.

Chatting with FaceTime

Chatting with iChat

Chatting with FaceTime

FaceTime is a great way to communicate because you get to both see and hear the person with whom you are chatting. You can use FaceTime to have a video chat with anyone who uses a Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Using FaceTime is simple, fun, and free (all you need is an Apple ID, which you can get at no cost if you don’t have one already).

To be able to chat on FaceTime with someone, both people need to be running the FaceTime application, which is currently available only for Macs, iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. Also, the devices involved in a FaceTime chat must be connected to the Internet. (iPhones may support FaceTime over a cell connection in the future.) And you can have only two devices involved in a FaceTime ...

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