iOS 6 users on iOS 7-compatible devices must upgrade to use FaceTime
Even though many of us complained harshly at how Apple slept in its laurels with iOS 6 and all its previous variations during more than seven years, you’d be amazed at how many people still prefer it. Surely Apple has boasted how fast people have adopted iOS 7 in recent months, but that doesn’t mean this is what everyone wants. iOS 7 has been met by some polarizing acceptance, and some of us even feel that it’s the sloppiest version of iOS yet, but it seems that if you decided to stay away from it, Apple wants you using it whether you like it or not.
Apple has recently launched a support document focused on FaceTime, and based mainly at the complaints that some people face of not being able to use it. It seems that the certificate that powers FaceTime expired on April 16th, and if your device is capable of running iOS 7, you will have to upgrade. The document reads:
“If you started to have issues making or receiving FaceTime calls after April 16, 2014, your device or your friend’s device may have encountered a bug resulting from a device certificate that expired on that date. Updating both devices to the latest software will resolve this issue.
If you’re using iOS 7.0.4 or later or iOS 6.1.6, this issue doesn’t affect you.
If you’re using these versions of OS X or FaceTime for Mac, this issue doesn’t affect you:
– OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 or later
– OS X Mountain Lion v10.8 with the latest security updates
– OS X Lion v10.7 with the latest security updates
– FaceTime for Mac version 1.0.5 or later for Mac OS X v10.6″
Sad to see that Apple wants to do things the hard way, mainly because there are a ton of non-compatible devices running iOS 6 that aren’t facing any certificate expiry issues.