FaceTime Fix Requires iOS 7 Compatible Devices Upgrade From iOS 6

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Apple today released a new support document which details issues related to making and receiving Facetime calls, a problem which started on April 16th, 2014. It appears the issue is directly related to a device certificate which expired on that day. As for the bug fix, users are directed to upgrade. If you are using an iOS 7 compatible device and still running iOS 6, your only option is to upgrade to iOS 7. Those running older iOS devices that are not compatible with iOS 7 are instructed to update to iOS 6.1.6. … [Read more...]

Manage Multiple Apple Devices In Your Family With iCloud and Apple ID

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Prior to iOS 5 and now iOS 6, managing multiple devices within a family using one Apple ID didn’t pose any major problems. The only restriction being a limit of X devices, which most typical families would fall under. Family members would use one Apple ID for iTunes, so they all had access to apps, music and movies purchased on that account. This all changed with iOS 5 and the introduction of iCloud. A host of new services were introduced that are tied to an Apple ID. Facetime, iMessage, Photostream, iTunes Match and Home Sharing. iCloud accounts also sync reminders, calendars, notes and more. For a good number of families, this caused quite a bit of confusion and still does today. There are a few ways to manage multiple Apple devices in … [Read more...]

AT&T Relents On FaceTime Restrictions

Remember how AT&T decided that, in order to use FaceTime over LTE, you needed a shared data plan? That decision from August generated a quick backlash, and even legal actions. Now it looks like AT&T has conceded, and will allow all customers to use FaceTime over data, as long as they have a tiered LTE plan they have. … [Read more...]

Net Neutrality Complaints Fired At AT&T For FaceTime Over Cellular

Earlier this year, AT&T announced that you'd need a new, shared data plan to take advantage of FaceTime over Cellular. While AT&T doubled down on this unpopular move, questions were raised if this might fall afoul of the FCC. Now three groups have gone ahead and done just that, bringing an official net neutrality complaint to the FCC. … [Read more...]

AT&T Says Keep Your Unlimited Plans, Verizon Says No, As Carriers Compete For iPhone 5 Customers


We know the basics of what the different data and voice plans on each of the carriers will be for the iPhone 5, but today an awful lot of more granular questions are being answered. The big weight on a lot of people's minds relates to grandfathered unlimited data plans. The good news? AT&T has said that users can keep their unlimited data plans, so that continues to be grandfathered in, with the caveat that after 5GB, your speeds get throttled (and increase of the previous 3GB limit.) On the flip side, Verizon will not allow you to keep your unlimited plans unless you buy the phone off subsidy — that means dropping $649+ or your iPhone. If you want to keep the subsidy and pay $199 for the iPhone 5, you have to be on a share … [Read more...]

How to use FaceTime on iPad, iPhone or Mac

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There have been many of services that allow you to video chat, including the popular Skype, but none have been as easy and fun to use as Apple's FaceTime. You can make video calls to anyone with a compatible iOS or Mac. Here’s how to use FaceTime on iPad, iPhone or Mac, along with everything you need to start making video calls today. Compatible iOS Devices You’ll need one of the following iOS devices running iOS 5 or later: iPad 2 new iPad iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPod touch (fourth generation) and/or A Mac running Snow Leopard with a video camera. This can be either a built-in FaceTime camera, iSight Camera or a third party accessory. If you are in the market for a good video camera for your Mac for FaceTime, I’d … [Read more...]

AT&T Digs In On FaceTime Policy, Continues To Defend The Indefensible

Over the past few weeks, AT&T has been under fire for their move to charge additional for customers looking to use Apple's FaceTime over their cellular network, the latest decision that exemplifies corporate thuggery. Up until now, FaceTime required a WiFi connection. One of the new features in iOS 6 is the ability to make a FaceTime video call over cellular. Early beta testers on AT&T's network received a notification to contact AT&T regarding the need to enable FaceTime. This was followed up by AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson's comment that it was "too early to talk", which the became "you'll need a new AT&T Shared Data Plan to use FaceTime over cellular". The backlash from consumers continued with talk that AT&T's … [Read more...]

FaceTime Hacked Onto iPad

It's an ugly hack, but a genius iFans has managed to port the iPod Touch version of Facetime onto the existing iPad. Since it has no camera, obviously the people on the other side can't see you, but the audio works just fine, and the interface has been tweaked for the high res screen, too. It'll only work over Wi-Fi, and putting it together is trickier than many other hacks, but it's might impressive for that. Here's the official walkthrough: Things needed: Conference.framework, IMCore.framework MobilePhone.app, ConferenceRegistrationSettings.bundle, AVFoundation.framework, Celestial.framework, and the UISounds folder all from iPod Touch 4 4.2.1 firmware and a Jailbroken iPad running 4.2.1 (works on untethered and tethered) Please … [Read more...]

Hands On With FaceTime For the Mac

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Grabbing the new beta for FaceTime for the Mac, I was hit by something that was incredibly simple, and in many ways deeply flawed. FaceTime is so pared down and minimalist, that I kept looking for options and controls that just weren't there. Like FaceTime for the iPod Touch, FaceTime for the Mac is linked to an email address, either one associated with your AppleID, or you can set up a new one. Once that's entered, you see a giant floating version of your own face, and a menu tray. You can click on the name of anyone in your address book (sorted by first name, oddly), and if their phone number or email address if FaceTime compatible, you can connect. You can also add some to your favorites, and see recent calls. Unfortunately, that's … [Read more...]

FaceTime for iPhone 4 will appeal to everyone, even if you are camera-shy

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If you caught Steve Jobs presentation today, he introduced the iPhone 4 and then failed to demonstrate the front facing camera. Surely it wasn’t an afterthought used simply for strikingly awesome portrait photos. As expected, the “one more thing” at today’s WWDC was FaceTime, a new application exclusive to iPhone 4 that enables video calling over WiFi. FaceTime is no doubt a feature that has camera shy, this editor included, thinking this is certainly not a reason to upgrade to the new iPhone 4 or is it. Let’s face it, not everyone enjoys video chat. I can count the number of times I’ve used iChat over the past year on one hand. If you’re stunning like Kim Kardashian, then it's a safe bet that FaceTime will appeal to you. Even … [Read more...]