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Definition: FaceTime


Apple's video and phone calling application for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Similar in function to Microsoft's Skype, FaceTime works only on Apple products, whereas Skype and Zoom run on every major platform. Group Facetime allows up to 32 participants to have a videoconference.

FaceTime was introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010 as a video calling service over Wi-Fi to the Internet. As of iOS 6 in 2012, video calls can also be made over the carrier's cellular network, which consumes many bytes in one's data plan. In 2013, a voice-only option was added (see FaceTime Audio).