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  • FaceTime Over Cellular to Be Limited to the New iPad and iPhone 4S


    Unfortunately, another feature of iOS 6 that has been widely looked forward to will be limited to only Apple's newer devices. FaceTime over cellular networks seems to only be coming to the new iPad and the iPhone 4S. In what seems like a desperate attempt by Apple to keep people upgrading to newer devices every year, FaceTime over cellular networks will join Siri and Maps' new turn-by-turn directions as an iPhone 4S and new iPad-only feature regardless of older devices such as the iPhone 4 being capable of the features.

    The iPad 2 joins the party with the iPhone 4 in FaceTime-capable devices that won't be getting the 'over cellular' feature in iOS 6 even though it has an A5 processor. The iPod touch 4G never had cellular service from the beginning, so it is not much of a surprise that this device isn't getting the feature.

    Although the news is a letdown for people owning older iOS devices, anyone with the newer iOS devices like the new iPad and the iPhone 4S should be happy knowing that they will have the feature. Older devices will have to wait for a jailbreak-based solution to get FaceTime over cellular networks. As an alternative, an older device could tether (or share a cellular connection) with any other tethering-enabled iOS device to use FaceTime from anywhere without a jailbreak.

    Most older iOS device users will be able to make do with third-party FaceTime alternatives such as Skype and Tango as they are widely used by iOS users. Additionally, users can still use Wi-Fi as usual.

    Sources: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FaceTime Over Cellular to Be Limited to the New iPad and iPhone 4S? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      @GnatGoSplat

      Thanx for the info!!! That's pretty cool that they can port the OS' to older devices!

      Now...I do wonder if the Android OS porting allows 'all' the functions of the new OS to work on older devices... If not, then this would 'kinda' be like whats happening w/ our older iPhones not being able to use new features. If all the functions of a ported Android OS do work on older devices, then that's impressive!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      This is ridiculous
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Now...I do wonder if the Android OS porting allows 'all' the functions of the new OS to work on older devices... If not, then this would 'kinda' be like whats happening w/ our older iPhones not being able to use new features. If all the functions of a ported Android OS do work on older devices, then that's impressive!
      Usually Android OS porting does allow all functions to work, but whether they work well is another matter. If the device doesn't have enough RAM or CPU/GPU processing power, then a function that exceeds the minimum requires specs may either run slowly or crash with a "Force close". When people try to port the latest Ice Cream Sandwich to older devices, some don't have the driver support for the hardware accelerated video so they are a bit more laggy or have trouble playing videos. Basically, it's kind of like trying to run a modern OS like Windows 7 on an old Pentium II laptop with 256MB of RAM. Sure, it will boot and work, but you won't enjoy the experience!

      So it's kind of different with the iPhone 4 here. There is no reason the iPhone 4 can't support all of iOS 6 new features. It definitely has more than adequate RAM and processing power for it. Any feature omissions would just be a strategic decision by Apple execs.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by GnatGoSplat View Post
      So it's kind of different with the iPhone 4 here. There is no reason the iPhone 4 can't support all of iOS 6 new features. It definitely has more than adequate RAM and processing power for it. Any feature omissions would just be a strategic decision by Apple execs.
      Getting back to the topic of this thread, Yes, ip4 is fine for FaceTime and other iOS 6 features.

      I will say, though, that it runs A LOT slower with Spire/Siri. All the people I know that used Spire have removed it because of how sluggish there devices became. Even the ones that kept it for a long time had significant speed problems despite using tweaks like: Daemon Tool, sysclean & clean up crap.

      So, I agree ios6 features should be on an ip4 except for Siri...
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      My oh my have you been drinking soooo much of the coolaid. Hardware = features. Software is what runs on that new hardware. If your 6 month old phone has the ability to do everything the new one does but is restricted simply because Apple wants you to buy a new device, that is what I call bad business. If you bought a TV that after 2 years of owning it would stop displaying 1080p content simply because the manufacturer knew something new and better would be out in 2 years even though 1080p is still the max standard? If a car was to stop working after 5 years because the newest generation gets 2 miles better gas mileage.

      Look at the new MacBook lineup. Pretty much nothing is upgradeable. What if next year they released a new version of MacOSX and even though the hardware was 100% the same on a new lineup of MacBooks, they decided that only the new ones could get the new verison of OSX. Hell, they do that already to a point. They force users to buy new versions of software even though old versions work just fine on their new OSX versions.
      You are hilarious!!! The 1080p analogy doesn't work... The iPhone 4 or iPad 2 you have now on 5.1.1 will work just as well the day after 6.0 drops as it does now. If it bothers you that my 4s and iPad 3 will benefit more from the upgrade either don't upgrade or buy a new device. I mean, Windows costs, what, a couple of hundred bucks for an upgrade? Apple's new business model is ingenious. Sell great phones and tablets but keep improving to entice people to upgrade hardware by phasing out software upgrade support for older devices. The idea of free upgrades is unheard of before this recent idevice era - critical updates maybe, but days gone by, serious feature upGRADES (turn by turn, 3d maps, etc) were something you paid for.

      I mean, don't get me wrong, moan away, it's quite entertaining, but you've gotta call out shmucks that accuse Apple of 'bad busness'. Dude. Stop. Check yourself. Their market cap is bigger than many countries' treasuries and you're a... Well, just stop.