As part of the Back to Mac event held earlier today, Steve Jobs announced that FaceTime will be making its way to Macs, allowing users to make video calls from a Mac to an iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G, or even another Mac. Shortly after, FaceTime for Mac beta became available on Apple’s Website and can now be downloaded (requires v 10.6.4 Snow Leopard or later). The beta app is rather lightweight and works well for the most part, though it appears that iPhone users will have to be on iOS 4.1 in order to connect with its Mac counterpart.
And since this is a beta version, Facetime for Mac is quite barebones. For instance, you can’t directly edit any contact info from within the app; you must open Address Book separately to add/edit your friend’s email or phone number. So if it’s a new contact you’d like to initiate a video chat with, this becomes a 2 step process. Hopefully, we’ll see more features added in the near future. That said, it’s a great start for Apple to ensure that even more their products will be compatible with FaceTime (hello 2nd gen iPad!).