When Is Apple Going To Get Into VoIP?

by Brian McConnell

As I write this, I am in my hotel lobby in Oslo making Broadvoice calls using my Power Book. It works "ok", but I have been so spoiled by other Apple products that I can't help but wonder when they'll embed a SIP phone in iChat. It just seems like such an obvious extension.

They already have a solid platform. It makes hooking up to virtually any network a no-brainer. It has Bluetooth. It has a solid underlying OS. It would be nice to click on a phone icon in my Phone Book and have that trigger a SIP call in iChat or iPhone or whatever they decide to call it.

If they were smart about it Apple could do for VoIP hardware and networking what Skype did for software, by turning every Mac into a ready-made VoIP terminal with minimal extra effort. If it's there, people will use it, especially if its standards compliant and people can take their pick of inbound/outbound VoIP providers.

Adding a SIP phone to the package would be pretty easy to do, so I am kind of surprised that Apple hasn't done this already. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that this is one of the "exciting" new products that they've been making noise about.

2 Comments

voip ted
2006-02-27 10:58:47
Amen brian. Hit this link for a decent historical discussion on this: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/5605
JD
2006-03-10 01:31:09
I sucessfully have "resiprocate" sip stack working on the Mac. Using JRTPLib for the transport, and my own code for dealing with various codecs, since Apple has literally left us VIOPers out in the cold - shame on them... At least I'll have a SIP phone running on the mac within a week. But I'm doing it for a commercial company... I got an earlier version working, but it was using proprietary protocols. It beats the pants off of skype when using the GSM codec (which I got off the net).


It's all done in Cocoa (Objective C).


It sure would be nice if Apple decided to support SIP and VIOP.


J