Apple bringing back iChat video answering machine?

According to a new patent filing, Apple seems to want to re-introduce its digital video answering machine with new features.

The app would let you record videos and send them via iChat to your friends who can view them later. The app would also let you auto-reply with your video to incoming callers if you changed your status to Away or Idle after a pre-specified time.

Going further this time, Apple explained in the filing that the videos could be uploaded on its servers, allowing the video to be displayed even when you are not logged into iChat.

Additionally, you would also be able to respond with your own video audio reply.

The concept was first introduced in Mac OS X 10.5 pre-release version in 2006 but never really materialized.


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  • http://www.dopecool.com Dylan

    I hope this happens it seems like a cool and easy to implement feature,
    but then again iChat is really buggy for me personally.

  • http://www.dopecool.com Dylan

    I hope this happens it seems like a cool and easy to implement feature,
    but then again iChat is really buggy for me personally.

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    Hey Dylan,

    I personally just stick with Adium for IM as it has extensive support for networks including MSN and Facebook Chat.

    I think Apple should roll out the digital answering machine soon since most people will find it useful and easy.

    I just hope Apple can integrate video chat support on other networks such as Windows Live Messenger…maybe I'm asking for too much lol

  • http://business2press.com Hercules K

    Hey Dylan,

    I personally just stick with Adium for IM as it has extensive support for networks including MSN and Facebook Chat.

    I think Apple should roll out the digital answering machine soon since most people will find it useful and easy.

    I just hope Apple can integrate video chat support on other networks such as Windows Live Messenger…maybe I'm asking for too much lol

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