Good news for you that, before the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it traveled to the United Arab Emirates and bought an iPhone. As we explained almost a decade ago, Apple devices bought there (whether iPhones, iPads or iPod touch) came with the FaceTime completely blocked due to legal issues.
In mid-2018, we informed you that Apple wanted to end this ban, and that it was talking directly to Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, director general of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (the UAE “Anatel”), to make this happen. And something happened today!
With the release of iOS 13.6, the FaceTime app appeared on iPhones purchased in the UAE is working normally – something that has been confirmed and tested by our readers Leandro Leite and Vyctor Ramos.
For now, we do not know whether the FaceTime unlock on iOS 13.6 is only valid for users outside the UAE or if it also includes iPhones located within the country.
The Apple support article that addresses the issue, in turn, (yet?) Has not been updated to reflect the change brought about by iOS 13.6; likewise, it is not possible to find any reference to FaceTime on the technical specification pages of iPhones in the country (iPhones SE, 11 and 11 Pro) – all of that should change soon, however.
Version 1.3.3 (1.4 MB) Requires iOS 10.0 or superior
Update 07/15/2020 at 18:47
According to the reader Diego Alencar, who lives in the UAE, the resource is working there, but it is necessary to change the region of the iPhone / iPad / iPod touch to Brazil or some other country – that good old gambiarra. ?
Great news – even more so in this time of isolation / quarantine, isn’t it?