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The Future of FaceTime Calling

When Steve Jobs said mentioned during the WWDC keynote that they’d be shipping tens of millions of FaceTime devices this year, he wasn’t only talking about the iPhone 4.  There have already been rumors of the iPod Touch getting the front-facing camera treatment which will likely carry over to the next iPad model.  Eventually we’re likely to see it make its way to desktops and laptops as well.  But most of these devices aren’t attached to phone numbers so how’s it going to work?

According to BGR’s sources, your Apple ID will be registered with any FaceTime-capable device where email addresses will be used to start the video calls.  On a device like the iPod Touch, Boy Genius says push notifications will be used to notify the user of an incoming FaceTime call using frameworks already built into the recently released iOS 4.1 beta.


Although the iPhone currently uses phone numbers to initiate FaceTime calls, BGR expect Apple to unify the experience across devices.  Maybe we’ll end up using those Apple IDs for more than the iTunes Store or maybe just any email address associated with your Apple ID.  It’s likely we’ll hear more about this during the annual Fall iPod announcement.

If you’re in the market for a new iPod Touch, you might want to hold off for a couple months.  September is less than two months away and judging by the rumors, this year’s iPod Touch refresh will carry big features.  Would you use FaceTime on the iPod Touch?  Is this the first sign of the iPod Touch’s transition into a communications device?  Your guess is as good as ours!  Let us know what you think in the comments.