The Facetime app is a digital social media service. Let´s check facts: Usable on a daily basis? Secure communication? Free calls? Ready for business?
Audio calls require LTE/WiFi | No calls to users outside the iOS ecosphere | No Android app |
Desktop apps | Multi device functionality | Fits perfectly into the Apple world | Native Phone app shows Facetime call history. | Use front or back camera. | Group calls with up to 32 participants. |
The Facetime app with audio calls Messages is a robust and perfectly built-in service of the Apple product family. Outside of the Apple ecosphere you cant reach anyone.
The Facetime app privacy issue in early 2019 was not really a surprise. It was another proof that the technology in our pockets is fragile and can do things we would not buy. The eavesdrop scandal shows what is beneath the fancy surface. Let the media speak for itself:
How social is the Facetime app?
As mentioned earlier: Internet based services have severe social disadvantages. Both parties have to be on the internet at the same time. Video/audio calls require broadband internet, which is not yet standard for commuter, traveller and outdoor lover. The Facetime app knows Apple only. This is different from the real world. Most Apple users know non-Apple users they would like to contact as well.
Hardly a company devided the digital scene as Apple did. We don´t join the discusion but give some sources to get a picture. Sure Apple will change more and more into a software and service company.