Steve Jobs Defends Decision To Replace ‘Hold’ Button With ‘FaceTime’; Indicates Wireless Syncing Imminent
The FaceTime video-calling feature has become one of the biggest talking-points on the new iPhone. The feature makes use of iPhone 4's front-facing camera to let users make video calls with the tap of a button.
However, Apple has replaced the on-screen 'Hold' button available during calls to make way for the new FaceTime button to activate the feature. Some users have been disappointed by the move since it has taken away a standard feature from the in-call menu.
TechCrunch has now published a transcript of an email exchange between an iPhone user and Steve Jobs where the Apple CEO has defended the company's decision. In response to the customer's email that the implementation seemed "inelegant", Steve Jobs replied:
"Hold doesn’t do anything more than Mute."
As MacRumors points out, Steve Jobs' assertions may not be technically accurate. Apple's iPhone OS 3.1 user guide notes a significant difference between the two buttons. While 'Mute' only blocks the call from one end, 'Hold' goes a step further to ensure that neither party hears the voice from the other end.
However, it appears that Apple has not completely removed the feature. A commenter on TechCrunch has pointed out that holding down the 'Mute' button down for few seconds will activate the Hold functionality. It is interesting that Steve Jobs did not make a note of this during his WWDC keynote address.
The Apple CEO is also learned to be responding to other interesting queries from his customers. Mashable has published another email from Steve Jobs that indicates the possibility of a Wi-Fi based iPhone syncing system in future. As expected, Jobs did not give any details about when this is likely to happen.
You may recall that the Apple had rejected a Wireless Syncing iPhone app earlier this year. Considering that Apple traditionally rejects iPhone apps that duplicate native features, we hope that the rejection could mean that an official alternative to let users wirelessly sync their iPhone to the computer could be coming soon.
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