“iChat AV isn’t the first videoconferencing tool, but it’s the first to flawlessly integrate multimedia into the chat model,” writes Andy Ihnatko for The Chicago Sun Times. “I go a step further, and assert that iChat AV is an improvement on the telephone itself. What if you picked up your handset, scrolled to a friend’s name and photo, and even before dialing you knew that he was near the phone and had time to talk? What if a ringing phone didn’t mean, [‘Drop everything, and talk to me right now!!!’ but instead, ‘I’d like to chat with you about something, but hey, feel free to finish that piece of fried chicken and wash your hands before picking up?'”
Ihnatko writes, “If that were the case, telephones would become so popular that eventually there’d be one in every home. The fact that you’re getting free national and international long-distance is gravy. But phones are boring. IChat’s video quality is outstanding: its full-screen at near-VHS quality, and with a high frame rate that eliminates the choppy nature of video-over-Internet. The end result is that iChat AV is the first desktop solution that makes you feel like you’re talking face-to-face with a person, instead of a window.”
Full article, “Another quantum leap for Apple with flawless videoconferencing tool,” here.