Video Chats

The state of the art in video calling, of course, is FaceTime (DVD Player).

But FaceTime requires that both you and your partner be on Apple computers. Messages, on the other hand, lets you conduct free video chats with up to four people who aren’t on Macs. They show up on three vertical panels, gorgeously reflected on a shiny, black table surface. If you’ve got the Mac muscle and bandwidth, your partners are as crisp, clear, bright, and smooth as television—and as big as your screen, if you like.

People can come and go; as they enter and leave the “videosphere,” Messages ...

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