One of our readers, Adam, asked a very interesting question earlier today:
Do you think that FaceTime for Mac will come out of beta and be released on the Mac App Store on Jan. 6th? It would seem to be a given that Apple will release it through the App Store at some point, and January should have been plenty of time for beta testing. I'm ready to have a full-featured app, so I didn't know if you knew anything.
Regretfully, we don't have any more information than you do. But Adam brings up some good points. Apple is going to want some hot apps in the Mac App Store at launch on January 6, 2011. The consensus here (and we've been known to be dreadfully wrong in terms of prognostications) is that we'll see iWork '11 on January 6, along with a handful of other Apple apps and a lot of third-party goodies.
So, in the tradition of newspapers, we're taking a reader poll to see how many of you think FaceTime for Mac is going to be one of the first apps in the Mac App Store. Vote, and be sure to leave a comment below if none of our answers makes you happy.
|No. Steve Jobs is a perfectionist and he wants it to be beta tested for another year.||182 (6.8%)|
|No, Apple is going to build the FaceTime functionality into a new version of iChat.||753 (28.3%)|
|Yes, and it will have 5,000% more features than the beta version.||147 (5.5%)|
|Yes, and it will also have a text chat capability and will replace iChat.||545 (20.5%)|
|Yes, and it will let you have video chats with up to six other people.||123 (4.6%)|
|Yes, but it's not going to be any different than the beta version||859 (32.3%)|
|Other (leave comment below)||51 (1.9%)|