Today stands out as one amazing day in that I took deeper step into the Apple-isphere. I bought an iPad2 in June and have grown very attached to it. My business partner bought one last week and cajoled me into our trying Facetime today.
Speechless, just speechless.
We first tried Facetime on our iPads across the table from each other at lunch. There was minimal setup. Thankfully, I remembered my Apple id. Hint: your iTunes id will work if you don’t have a separate Apple id. Oddly, Facetime doesn’t like 3G connectivity. If you have that feature/service on your iPad, find a wifi spot and in “Settings” turn off your “always on” 3G. You may want to keep the iPad image from switching between portrait and landscape or dizziness will ensue! That’s another change to be made in the “Settings.” Select the person you wish to connect to from your “Contacts” or enter their contact information. (Note to self: be sure to sync Contacts when I next attach the iPad to my iTunes.) Turn up the volume on your iPad sufficiently to hear through the microphone/speaker at the bottom of the iPad. Wait for the person to answer your call, if you initiate Facetime or answer your iPad by tapping on “Accept” if you are the recipient of a call.
Miraculously they are there! Looking back at you on your iPad. You can see yourself in a small box in the upper right corner. They fill the rest of the screen. And when they begin to talk, it’s a moment of technology heaven.
Later I was at home and they were at their office, we contacted each other via Facetime once again. It was even better knowing we were separated by several miles and we were right together. Face to face. Awesome — in the truest sense of the word — or as they said “I felt like it was Christmas and I was five years old.”