So I’ve been talking about how great the new multi-person video chats in Tiger iChat was going to be to my family ever since the first Tiger demos at WWDC 2004. We’re all scattered on different parts of the world, and everyone bought a portable Mac less than 6 months ago with iSights and upgraded to Tiger last week.
Put it together, that’s a hefty investment. Of course, a Mac OS X Tiger-equipped Mac is more than just a video conference device, and we’re lucky it is, because that super-pimped-up multi-party video conferencing feature in Tiger sure isn’t available to us mere laptop users! I Tried on my PowerBook G4 1.5 Ghz to video-call my brother with a PowerBook G4 1.33 Ghz and my mother with an iBook 1.2 Ghz and it was a no-go, iChat says: “you can’t host a video chat”.
So I think to myself that there’s got to be some preference in there that allows you to be a “host”. Nope. No preference. Unless you consider that preference to be having a G5-equipped Mac or a 1Ghz dual processor G4 that is. Although technically, according to iChat help, we can all attend multi-party video conferences as those are available to owners of 1 GHz single processor G4 machines. So we can join the party but we sure can’t start it.
I’m pretty bitter that I never even second-guessed the requirements for this new Tiger feature, but Apple sure didn’t help us figure that puppy out on our own. That sucks. I hope you G5 desktop owners enjoy video conferencing though. For the rest of us laptop users, don’t believe the hype!