We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

FaceTime in UAE on iPhone 4 killed by iOS 4.1 update

Update disables FaceTime functionality

At the end of the first day of iPhone 4 officially going on sale in the U.A.E. it seems like the update of iOS to 4.1 is what is disabling FaceTime on iPhones in the country.

Users on the EmiratesMac.com website, home of the only Apple Users Group in the U.A.E., report that they’ve tried FaceTime between iPhones bought from the official carriers today and after updating to iOS 4.1 FaceTime is not available as a function anymore.

It seems the iPhones, when they’re sold, have working FaceTime but that the iOS update disables this functionality.

There’s also a carrier setting update, version 8.1, at least for Etisalat, available but reports indicate that it is not the carrier settings update that disables FaceTime.

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple had removed FaceTime from the web pages for iPhone4 in the countries in the Middle East. This morning, du, the other telecommunications providers in the U.A.E. besides Etisalat and an official seller of iPhone 4, confirmed in a Tweet.

When Macworld Middle East today talked to customers as well as store personnel in several stores around Dubai which started selling iPhone 4 today we were told that FaceTime is a major factor in potential customers’ decision to spend money on the latest Apple smartphone.

Compare Apple iPhone 4 deals

See also: Group test: what's the best smartphone?

Mobile phone deals


IDG UK Sites

Where to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the UK: Launch day price, deals and contracts

IDG UK Sites

Is Apple losing confidence in itself?

IDG UK Sites

Professional photo and video techniques for perfect colours

IDG UK Sites

How (and where) to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the UK. Plus: What to do if you pre-ordered...