While iChat AV works with any FireWire video camera, Apple’s iSight digital video camera was designed for video conferencing, delivering sharp images and clear sound through its built-in, dual-element noise-suppressing microphone. Smaller and lighter than most cell phones, iSight has a unique center mount design which allows video conversations to be far more engaging and natural. iSight is available today and demonstrates Apple’s unique ability to create a tightly integrated hardware and software solution.
“iChat AV is a major breakthrough in communications—users can now video conference with their business associates, colleagues in education, friends and family with just the push of a button,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iChat AV and iSight truly offer video conferencing for the rest of us, and since they were designed with Apple’s legendary ease-of-use, anyone can set them up in under five minutes.”
Building on the success of the iChat instant messaging application in Mac OS X, iChat AV extends instant communication to the next level with the world’s best personal video conferencing application. With high-quality, full screen, full motion video over broadband, crystal clear audio over 56K modem and a familiar easy-to-use interface, iChat AV makes natural conversations over the Internet immediate and effortless. Automatic display of video and audio icons within the familiar iChat buddy list instantly identifies buddies with video or audio conferencing capabilities so conversations can begin at the click of a button from the office, home or anywhere.
Featuring Apple’s legendary design and ease-of-use, iSight is a small, light and incredibly portable aluminum alloy camera that features a custom designed lens with auto-focus and a high-end CCD sensor to provide high-resolution images and full-motion video at up to 30 frames per second. iSight includes an integrated microphone that suppresses ambient noise for crystal-clear digital audio. With its on-board processor, iSight automatically adjusts color, white balance, sharpness and contrast to provide high-quality images with accurate color reproduction in any lighting conditions.
iSight is designed to be center-mounted on the top of any computer screen and uses its integrated tilt and rotate mechanism to easily position the camera for natural, face-to-face video conferencing. iSight is smaller and lighter than most cell phones and extremely portable. With all audio, video and power provided by a single FireWire cable, simply clipping the compact iSight camera to any PowerBook® G4 or iBook® for convenient on-the-go video conferencing, makes it easy for travelers to keep in touch with family, friends and business associates while they are on the road.
The time-limited iChat AV public beta is available immediately for free download at www.apple.com/ichat, and requires Mac OS X version 10.2.5 “Jaguar.” Video conferencing requires a PowerPC 600 MHz G3 or greater Macintosh® computer. The final version of iChat AV will be included as a key feature of the upcoming release of Mac OS X version 10.3 “Panther” and will also be downloadable from Apple for $29.95 (US) as a standalone upgrade for users of Mac OS X v10.2.5 “Jaguar” or later.
Mac OS X v10.2 “Jaguar” requires a minimum of 128MB of memory and is designed to run on the following Apple products: eMac™, iMac®, iBook, Power Macintosh® G3, Power Mac® G4 and any PowerBook introduced after May 1998.
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