FaceTime over 3G: Available to iPhone 4S and new iPad Only

Source: FaceTime over 3G on iOS 6/ Apple

Other than Maps, FaceTime over 3G will also be available on iOS 6. However, the said feature will be limited to Apple devices that run on A5 chips. This means that only the owners of iPhone 4S and new iPad can take advantage of this functionality. On the other hand, owners of iPhone, the company’s first device to offer FaceTime, as well as the iPad 2 need a Wi-Fi connection for FaceTime video chat.

FaceTime over 3G is another iOS 6 functionality that joins the Maps application’s turn-by-turn direction and flyover feature. The mentioned functionalities require A5 chip or newer in order to run.

Maps on iOS 6: Turn-by-turn Direction and Flyover

Although the upcoming mobile operating system is compatible to iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, the handsets won’t be able to have Maps’ turn-by-turn direction functionality. Apple also noted that “some features may not be available in all countries or all areas.”

In addition, only the latest hardware can take advantage of the application’s Flyover feature. It uses advanced 3D mapping data, and will only be available on cities where 3D models have been created.

Other Restricted iOS 6 Applications

Other than turn-by-turn directions and flyover, Siri on Maps will also be limited to Apple devices that feature the voice command software. It is only available to iPhone 4S, but it will also arrive on the new iPad once the iOS 6 lands on the tablet this fall.

Moreover, the shared photo streams will only be available for iPhone 4 and iPad 2 or later, as required by the upcoming mobile OS. The feature will also land on Mac with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Owners of iPhone 3GS won’t also be able to take advantage of Mail app’s VIP list and flagged smart mailboxes. Also part of the restricted iOS 6 functionality is the new “offline reading list” in Safari, which requires at least an iPhone 4 or iPad 2. Lastly, iOS 6’s “Made for iPhone” hearing aids will require an iPhone 4S to work.


All restrictions were mentioned on Apple’s official product page for its upcoming mobile OS. However, it didn’t mention anything about the fourth generation iPod Touch. The device run on an A4 chip, and will be compatible for iOS 6 once it’s released this fall. Hence, it is likely that the same feature restrictions will apply.

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