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FaceTime omission in Middle East not prompted by carriers?

09/24, 6:10pm

Apple blamed for preemptive action

Apple allegedly holds sole responsibility for restricting FaceTime access in countries throughout the Middle East. An unnamed source has told The Next Web that Apple preemptively omitted the feature, unbeknownst to the regional carriers. The company reportedly believed the technology would face roadblocks with local VoIP regulations.

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FaceTime images disappear from Middle Eastern iPhone promos

09/21, 11:00am

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.

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