Apple applies for multi-participant video conferencing architecture patent

“On February 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new architecture relating to Multi-Participant Conference Setup,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The sophistication of Apple’s architecture as noted in their patent pending invention, could suggest that Apple is contemplating a FaceTime Pro version of their application for the enterprise that might one day compete with the likes of Cisco’s WebEx,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s push for iWork on iCloud would definitely make future video conferencing at the enterprise level in the future much easier for sharing documents in real-time. This is definitely a future service to watch for down the road.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. So basically what Google Hangouts for both iOS and Android already does? It’s good to get the additional functionality but Apple is just late to the party in so many regards lately…

    1. Just like the iPhone came years after Blackberry phones, and the iPad came years after other slate computers. Obviously, Apple is doomed to always be Johnny-Come-Lately, with no significant innovation ever. You’re so spot-on in your insightful assessment! Everybody bow to you with reverence!

      1. Blackberry had a email phone, and a good messaging network. However it was nothing like the full touchscreen interface like the iPhone. No one had a phone you could see real web pages, play music, videos, take photos easily. No mater how you spin it the iPhone changed the smartphone game. What tablets? Microsoft never had a tablet. What they had was a laptop with a separate touchscreen interface. You still needed a keyboard and trackpad to do basic things. This added weight and shortened battery life. Like the Surface does today. MS did not have a tablet, they a fancy laptop. Apple was the first to introduce a real tablet, one you don’t need a keyboard or an extension cord to work.

  2. iChat did this years ago. It was up to the host to have a really fast machine to make it work well with more than one participant. Have been missing the feature. Hope it makes it into an update soon.
    And when the heck in the last 15 years has Apple done anything with the enterprise in mind? Rather a dumb quote from patently apple.

  3. Mike,

    I agree. When did iChat come onto the scene? 2003, I believe? I remember having four-way, multi-state videoconferences with family members using video chat without any problems in 2005! Now, almost 10 years later, Apple mobile devices are much more prominent in the marketplace. This should take off if done well!

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