iPhone 4 Won't Get FaceTime Over 3G

We heard that the iPhone 4 and 3GS were going to get stiffed over Apple's new Maps app and its fancy Flyover and turn-by-turn directions, but it seems there are more things the older iPhones won't get out of iOS 6, including 3G FaceTime.

You'll have to stick to Wi-Fi to FaceTime if you're using an iPhone 4, while the 3G iPad 2 is left out in the cold too. It seems strange that Apple's cutting something that's totally possible on older hardware — the only thing I can think of is that FaceTime's using some sort of more intensive compression to maintain video quality over 3G.

The iPhone 3GS will also miss out on the Offline Reading List; Shared Phone Streams; VIP list support and VIP/Flagged smart mailboxes too, which is a bit of a downer for those still rocking and loving the legacy smartphone.

More bad news for those with an iPad 2 hoping to get a bit of Siri — it's only coming to the new iPad. Perhaps it's a bit much to expect every feature to come to every phone or device with each free software update, but limiting turn-by-turn mapping and FaceTime over 3G on the iPhone 4 seems just a tad out of order to me. It's not like the iPhone 4 is that underpowered. [Apple via SlashGear]

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    This is such typical bullshit from Apple. I've been using FaceTime over 3G without a problem on my iPhone 4 since its launch (thanks to the "3G Unrestrictor" jailbreak tweak). There's no good technical reason whatsoever to limit the iPhone 4 for 3G FaceTime. Nor any of the other things it misses out on above for that matter.

    It's pretty clear it's all a strategic marketing decision (hardly a surprise Apple is working this way). They tend to cut off products from any major new features or updates after 2 years. Not only does this give people the desire to upgrade their hardware every 2 years, but it must also down on their technical support costs and opertional costs (thanks to cloud-driven services like Siri and the new Turn by turn maps being on so many less devices for example).

    Thankfully all of the above features (including Siri on all iPads and the iPhone4) will be remedied by jailbreak tweaks very quickly, and there's already an exploit being turned into a working jailbreak for iOS6.

    ^ cry a river! What do you expect when it's FREE! Go buy an android phone of you want updates.... Oh wait!! It's actually a clever way to ensure the new products sell! Why would any one want to update the their phone if you keep getting all the cool updates!

      With all this crap about fragmentation of Android versions you rarely actually lose any feature by being on an older version of Android (between 2.2 and 4.0 I can't think of much). Apple on the other hand will give you the OS update but intentionally lock you out of features to push you to update your handset.

      Give me Android fragmentation any day.

        So you're saying there are no new features in Android from 2.2 to 4.0? Android, you do intentionally lose features. They just prevent you from upgrading altogether forcing you to buy a new phone. Apple's approach keeps your phone current longer. Just to put some actual facts around it. The iphone 3GS came out in mid 2009 but is still getting a gimped version of ios6. At that time, Android was at version 1.5 or 1.6. How many of the phones that came out with 1.5 do you think will be getting ICS or even froyo? They're all in the bin. The 3GS is still a pretty decent phone. Starting to show its age, but still works great and is still supported for apps. You're talking shit.

    Yeah, no fragmentation in iOS...

    ...on paper.

    Point to note: If all the features make it to iPhone 4 or the iPad 2, there would be very little difference between them and the new models (the hardware bit). Why would Apple want people to not buy the new ones???

    I can understand siri not making it across but the FaceTime over 3d, come on Apple thats bs. Even if there doing some awsome compression i doubt its to cpu/gpu intensive that the iphone 4 cant handle it. FYI im a 4s user so this doesnt effect me but still thats a bs move from apple.

    If this is the kind of shit we expect to see from Apple under tim cooks reign then expect the products to sharly lose innovation and become more crappy

    Why would you use Facetime anyway, when Skype on iOS is excellent?

    why does it work for the ip4? i bought it for the three gees?

    my iPad 1 is 16 months old and it appears as though it wont be getting an iOS6 update at all :( there's no beta for it on apple's dev page, which confuses me a bit as I believe the iPhone 4 has the same cpu and the lesser iPhone 3GS is getting some love :\ wtf apple?

      The iPad 1st gen is no longer sold, where the iPhone 3Gs,4, 4s, iPad 2 and new iPad are. Simple. The 1st gen iPad is 2 and a half year old technology regardless of when you bought it.

    The reason why FaceTime wasn't enabled from day one was because of partnership arrangements with the phone carriers. They didn't want their bandwidth being gimped by pimple faced teens flashing their bits to each other. They've obviously agreed to 3G FaceTime on newer handsets, but not all. Its clearly not UI issue. The telcos shit bricks when Apple introduced iMessage. Now this. I bet they'll bitch about it though.

    Sorry apple but that's shit I understand Siri not making it across to iPad 2, iPhone 4 and 3GS but seriously FaceTime? It's just VIDEO CALLING I was doing that 6 years ago on my Sony erricson fgs! , such a simple thing they don't want users to have so the iPhone 5 gets more sales - thing is even without this update the new phone isn't that different from the previous ones. If you ask me there running out of ideas ;) that's why the features of the update and new phone are very simple things :p ... I apologise rant over.

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