The next iteration of Apple’s operating system will allow users to make video calls over mobile networks, reports suggest.
As it stands, FaceTime on the iPhone 4 only supports calls made to other iPhone 4 owners over Wi-Fi networks – rather limiting the scope of the feature.
But that could all be about to change when iOS 5 drops in the autumn, if a snap sent into 9 to 5 Mac is to be believed.
The image, which came from an unnamed reader, clearly shows an option for users to avail themselves of some Facetime action via “cellular data”.
However, that doesn’t mean we’ll necessarily have the feature enabled on these shores. According to 9 to 5 Mac, in a situation akin to when tethering arrived with the iPhone 3GS, “it will be up to carriers to allow [3G video calls]".
News that Apple could be prepping additional features for iOS 5 to those announced at this week’s WWDC showcase comes after rumours surfaced that advanced voice activation technology will also be a part of the OS when it launches.
This was absent from the version of iOS 5 unveiled by Jobs and co down San Fran way.
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