|iChat is the
chatting service that comes exclusively with an Apple computer. iChat
uses the latest H.264 video technology to bring you a sharp picture full
of natural color. A unique 3D view for video chatting makes you feel as
if you were sitting around a conference table with your buddies. You can
also audio conference with up to ten people and sound-level meters will
let you see as well as hear who is speaking. iChat AV also has instant
messaging capability, emoticons, text effects, and more to make Apple a
quality chatting experience.
Apple does not have pc-to-phone calling, chat rooms, or a customizable
interface and runs only on Apple computers.
Of course, iChat is also a versatile instant text messaging application,
supporting AIM and Jabber Instant Messenger clients. Icons and thought bubbles
make it fun to see who’s saying what, and you can transmit any kind of file —
from a web address to a photo — by simply dragging it into your chat. Pictures
display right in the message window, web links open with a click. In short,
iChat is still the best way to IM.