The rumour mill is positively churning with suggestions as to what we might see from the next version of iOS.
However, rather than a shadowy anonymous source, it’s the current version of iOS that’s hinting about a possible future feature, namely FaceTime video calls over 3G.
FaceTime was unveiled alongside the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). It’s compatible with iOS devices with a front-facing snapper, and Macs with a FaceTime camera (formerly known as iSight).
All well and good, however FaceTime only works via Wi-Fi at the moment. Attempting to call a FaceTime buddy who’s on 3G simply results in a missed call notification.
But that might be about to change if a recently discovered iOS warning is anything to go by. According to iOS: "Disabling 3G may end FaceTime. Are you sure you want to disable 3G?"
Apparently it’s an empty threat, though, as disabling – and subsequently re-enabling – 3G has no effect on FaceTime calls.
Back in 2010, Steve Jobs explained that 3G FaceTime didn’t sit well with networks. FaceTime calls are thought to consume around 3MB of data per minute.
Has Apple appeased the networks somehow? All eyes on this year’s WWDC, which kicks off on June 11.