Along with some updates to its MacBook Pro line of portable computers this morning, Apple has released version 1.0 of its Facetime video calling application in the Mac App Store. Previously released in beta in October, the app enables video calling between Mac users and other FaceTime-capable devices including the iPhone 4 and 4th-generation iPod touch.
FaceTime is free to use, requiring only internet connectivity. Users need a free Apple ID to log in and make and receive calls. iPhone 4 users must have Wi-Fi connectivity in order to make or receive FaceTime calls since the service does not currently work over a cellular data connection.
If you’re wondering why Apple is now charging $.99 for FaceTime when the beta version was free and owners of the MacBook Pro models released today will also have FaceTime 1.0 installed out of the box at no charge, an accounting requirement is the culprit. Macworld’s Dan Moren stated in a tweet that Apple confirmed this with him.
The 802.11n patch mentioned is a software update for some Mac models that were capable of operating under the latest Wi-Fi standard out of the box but required an update to enable this. Apple charges $1.99 for this update, which is still available in Apple’s online store here.