updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue September 21, 2010
Meant to conform to Islamic sensibilities?
Apple has subtly modified some promotional material for the iPhone 4 to remove references to FaceTime, reports note. In Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Yemen, as well as Egypt and Jordan, official pages for the iPhone 4 no longer show a woman and man having a video conversation. Instead, Apple has substituted content promoting the device's Retina Display.
Apple has yet to explain the change, but two hypotheses have been suggested. The first is that FaceTime could be disabled in the affected countries in the run up to anticipated iPhone 4 launches later this month. An alternative is that Apple is may simply be worried about local reaction, as all of the countries are predominantly Muslim. Orthodox interpretations of the religion prevent women from showing their faces in public without a veil.