The 4G Ipod Touch, Iphone 4, Ios 6, And Facetime

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I was going to lớn write an article about what a great value a used 4G iPod touch was for grandma or someone else who wants lớn video clip chat with family members without paying for an iPhone và di động service. But Apple killed that idea.

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4G iPod touch


It turns out that the certificate for FaceTime in iOS 6 has expired – và that’s the last version of iOS that the 4G iPod touch supports. It shipped with iOS 4.1 in September 2010, iOS 6 arrived in September 2012, & the last update – version 6.1.6 – was released in February 2014.

Apple promoted the 4G iPod touch as a FaceTime device, as in the phokhổng lồ on the left, và also promoted the iPhone 4 the same way. But when the certificate used by FaceTime expired on April 16, 2014, any device limited khổng lồ iOS 6.1.6 or earlier ceased khổng lồ be a FaceTime device. Any device that could not run iOS 7 lost FaceTime tư vấn, và many iPhone 4 users chose not lớn nâng cấp because of the significant performance penalty of the new iOS version.

Low Quality FaceTime

Granted, the 4G iPod touch was not the greakiểm tra FaceTime device that Apple ever produced. In fact, it was probably the worst with its 640 x 480 VGA front-facing camera, microphone on the bachồng of the device, and limited volume through the speaker when used for QuickTime. Even with iPhone ear buds that have a built-in microphone lớn provide better audio chất lượng, the đoạn Clip unique was the lowest ever offered in a QuickTime device.

It’s a shame that Apple allowed the device certificate in iOS 6 to expire, making it impossible for these iPods that had worked with FaceTime to suddenly và unexpectedly thua thảm that ability in April năm trước, less than four years after the 4G iPod touch had been introduced.

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Apple Just Move On

The iPhone 4S, introduced a few months earlier, supports iOS 7 và thus continues to work with FaceTime. The máy tính bảng ipad 2, released in March 2011 (six months after the 4G iPod touch), which originally shipped with iOS 4.2, can run iOS 9.2 and supports FaceTime.

In the over, iPod touch & iPhone users limited to lớn iOS 6 brought a class action suit against Apple, & this week part of it was finally allowed lớn go forward – but only for iPhone 4 owners in California. One of the revelations in papers filed with the court is that “internal documents suggest that Apple knowingly broke FaceTime for tech holdouts because it was costing it money.” That’s pretty damning.

iOS 7 Changed Everything

Apple had been using unlicensed giải pháp công nghệ from VirnetX in its original implementation of FaceTime, & when it released iOS 7, it switched to lớn an entirely different & incompatible giải pháp công nghệ. iPhone 4 owners were told they needed iOS 7 for FaceTime. 4G iPod touch owners were given no option. Here’s what yeterday’s article in The Register says:

“In the middle of all this, in its determination not lớn pay VirnetX, Apple starting rewriting its code khổng lồ avoid the patents altogether, and killed off the use of peer-to-peer FaceTime calls, instead routing them through a relay. That relay, run by Akamai, cost Apple money.

“The new system using peer-to-peer systems that didn’t infringe the VirnetX patents went live sầu in iOS 7, meaning that iPhone users that continued to lớn run iOS 6 for FaceTime were costing Apple money.”

The class action suit is limited lớn iPhone 4 users in California who are not using a jailbroken iPhone. The rest of the iPhone 4 users in the world, not to lớn mention those with a 4G iPod touch, are simply left hanging after all these years.

Publisher’s note: This article was started in April năm 2016 and has been languishing in “drafts” ever since. With the class action suit against Apple going forward, time to publish!

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