iOS 6 to Make FaceTime Video Chat Available Over Cellular

In what is shaping up to become one of the hottest new features of iOS 6, Apple said today at WWDC that FaceTime video chat will no longer require Wi-Fi connectivity.

Scott Forstall, Apple’s vice president of iPhone Software, said iOS 6 will let iPhone users make FaceTime video calls over cellular data networks.

iOS 6 beta will be released to developers today (and will reach the general public this fall). It will be compatible with iPhone 3GS or later. iOS 6 will also work with the iPad 2 and 3, but not the original iPad as MMW reported this morning.

This morning, Forstall said that iPhone users will finally have their phone number and Apple ID unified via iOS 6. As a result, FaceTime requests to a mobile phone number can still be answered on an iPad or Mac.

To read more about iOS 6 and the forthcoming improvements to Siri, click here.