iOS 5 brings Facetime to your TV using AirPlay
Another day, another new feature found hidden within Apple’s forthcoming software for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, iOS 5.
This time we’ve uncovered a very cool new feature relating to Apple’s video calling service Facetime. Within iOS 5 Beta 3 is a setting to enable AirPlay for use with Facetime video calling, meaning you’ll be able to beam your Facetime call to your TV using an Apple TV box.
AirPlay is Apple’s wireless streaming solution, sort of like DLNA. If you’ve got an Apple TV box hooked up to your TV and Wi-Fi network, you can mirror loads of the stuff from your iPhone or iPad on your HDTV wirelessly. This includes music, videos, photos and full-screen games, some of which can be played in Full HD 1080p!
Now you’ll be able to make a Facetime call on your iPhone or iPad and have it appear on the big screen in the comfort of your living room, neat. This could be a very handy feature for conference calling and more, though Apple may need to improve the resolution somehow, perhaps with some upscaling to suit larger screen TVs.
This feature is currently only present in the 3rd Beta version of the as-yet unreleased iOS 5 software. We hope that it sticks around and will be present in the final public release, fingers crossed!