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More Evidence Of Video Chat Feature Found In iPhone OS 4.0

April 11th, 2010 04:47 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

iPhone video conferencing

We had recently written about possibilities of a front facing camera coming to the next generation iPhone.

Developers who were working on iPhone OS 4.0 SDK have observed an "iChatAgent" process in the list of running processes. 

Folks at 9to5Mac have found more evidence of the video chat feature in iPhone OS 4.0 SDK, which according to them virtually confirms a front facing camera in the fourth generation iPhone

In a recently published article, the website notes references to chat rooms, moderators and encrypted video conferencing in the newly launched SDK.

For instance, a Conference.framework folder in the OS 4.0 SDK contains a list of audio files that will play when a chat request is initiated. This is pretty similar to the sound files that play on the iChat Mac application. 

iPhone video conferencing

Also, another folder IMCoreLocalizable.strings contains a list of string settings pertaining to video chat and conferencing. Interestingly, the Plist on an Apple's Private Framework references to features like Chat Rooms and Moderation that is not available on the existing iChat application on Mac. As 9to5Mac notes, this feature could be integrated with the newly announced Game Center to allow users to chat with their game opponents. 9to5Mac speculates:

"Think the upcoming Game Center. Imagine being able to video/audio chat with the people you are playing the game with. How cool would that be? [...]At the moment, this is a private framework. This is something that Apple is using themselves in their native applications, and is something developers won't be able to access. However, this chat framework could very well become public in the future of iPhone OS.[...]If/When this Chat Framework goes public, there could be an influx of Chat-related apps in the App Store."

iPhone video conferencing

iPhone video conferencing

After seeing the beautiful implementation of folders in iPhone OS 4.0, we can't wait to see how Apple decides to offer the video chat feature in the next generation iPhone. 

Let us know your views in the comments below.

[via 9to5Mac]

Source: More Evidence Of Video Chat Feature Found In iPhone OS 4.0

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