AT&T is no longer blocking Apple FaceTime video chatting over cellphone signals. The company is also going to support pre-loaded video chat apps over LTE without service plan restrictions. These changes will be made before the end of the year. AT&T will allow FaceTime video chats on their data network only for subscribers on shared family data plans.
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Apple has updated their status page to acknowledge that iMessage is suffering from downtime today.
One of the key features in Apple iOS 6 is the ability to make FaceTime calls over cellular networks. AT&T is asking users that want to use FaceTime over the cellular data network to switch to one of their new shared data plans so Verizon is doing the right thing here compared to their biggest rival. Sprint also has no plans to charge for the feature. Up until now, FaceTime could only be used through WiFi. [TheVerge]
Yesterday Washington D.C. interest group Public Knowledge claimed that AT&T’s decision to limit FaceTime may violate FCC rules. Now AT&T has written a response to Public Knowledge saying that they are not bound to the FCC Net Neutrality laws on FaceTime since it is a pre-installed app and can be disabled at the carrier’s liking. If FaceTime was a downloadable app, then AT&T would be forced by FCC Net Neutrality laws to allow the app to work properly. Check out the excerpt from AT&T’s response below:
At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple announced iOS 6. Apple iOS 6 has made improvements to Maps, Siri, Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams, FaceTime, the Phone app, the Mail app, Safari, Accessibility, and created a new feature called Passbook.
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There wasn’t much of a delay between Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announcing some substantial earnings earlier this week and announcing a new line of products. Today at the “Back to the Mac” event Tim Cook said that Mac computers made up 33% of their revenue last year, about $22 billion. Below I have gone into details about what Mac announced today:
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