The New iPad Prohibits FaceTime Video Chat Over 4G LTE


16.03.2012

The New iPad Prohibits FaceTime Video Chat Over 4G LTE

A week ago during an event in San Francisco, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, have unveiled the new iPad tablet. The new iOS-powered tablet comes with a 9.7-inch Retina Display that has an amazing resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, a 1 GHz A5X processor, member of the dual-core tribe (basically an A5 on steroids), 1 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE support, VGA user camera and 5 megapixel iSight rear-facing camera.

The Cupertino-based company have set a starting price of $499 for the new iPad WiFi-only model, while the pricing for the 4G LTE version starts at $629, climbing to $829 for the 64GB version.

FaceTime is one of the most popular video chat services in the world, but (sadly) Apple only allows you to use this service while connected to a WiFi network. Everyone hoped that the WiFi limitation will disappear once the iOS 5.1 is introduced, but it looks like Apple doesn’t want to drop it and the carriers may be the reason behind it, as they wouldn’t want their networks get too crowded because of FaceTime calls.

Now the new iPad has 4G LTE support and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 72 Mbps, but unfortunately Apple refuses to allow the users to make FaceTime calls without a WiFi connection, although the tablet can reach speeds as big (and sometimes bigger) as those of a WiFi connection.

The sad news is that the new iPad doesn’t allow FaceTime calls over a 4G LTE connection, thus the chances of this limitation to be removed are extremely low. The good news is that after you jailbreak your device and install some tweaks like My3G, FaceBreak or 3G Unrestrictor from Cydia you can remove the FaceTime limitations.

Anyway the news comes from the guys at The Verge who run some tests on Apple’s new iOS tablet, thus the FaceTime limitations of the new iPad are not official yet. Maybe America’s biggest carriers, AT&T and Verizon will change their mind and make the iPad owners happier.

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