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What might be the idea behind this?

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Hang on, lemme just call Steve. –  Loïc Wolff Feb 25 '11 at 13:00
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Sorry, I voted to close this question. This is no the place to speculate on Apple's business strategy. And there's no way somebody will have a definite answer. –  Loïc Wolff Feb 25 '11 at 13:01
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@Loïc Wolff - I can imagine Steve's email response. Something like: "Because they are." –  Dan Ray Feb 25 '11 at 13:39
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First and foremost because they use different protocols.

FaceTime was created as an implementation of a new protocol for video calls. Apple has pledged to release this protocol/format in the future with hopes of other software vendors adopting it so there is opportunity for interoperability.

iChat uses a variety of protocols for chat interaction, most of which were originally designed to carry text as a payload. Video in most cases was something added to these protocols after the fact.

Consider iChat the 'legacy' way of handling video and FaceTime the new way.

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