Originally Posted by sapporobabyrtrns
Originally Posted by nvidia2008
That's probably the main reason, to "officially appear to" discourage such things. Never mind webcams and the Intarwebs.
I am concerned about Muslim conservatism. It's a dicey subject.
Here in Malaysia during the Ramadan (fasting) month certain food outlets (except those in fancy shopping malls) may deny serving you food or drink, during fasting times (sunrise to sunset), if you look ethnic Malay (and therefore are Muslim by default - another dicey subject).
I look ethnic Malay even though I'm half-Chinese half-Indian by ethnicity and consider myself agnostic/"freethinker", so every year I run into this discomfort. Theoretically if you show your nationally-issued identity card you can prove you're not Malay/Muslim and be served. Ironically some Malays/Muslims that don't fast because of medical reasons or choice, just get the food or drink takeaway and eat it privately, away from the public.
There are generally three levels of covered Muslim women. The burqa is the most "hardcore", niqab is the common Middle Eastern one. In Malaysia, Indonesia, and western countries generally the hijab (tight headscarf not showing hair nor ears, but showing the face) is more common. Hijab would most likely be seen quite a bit outside of the Middle East in Asia and western countries. The weird thing is, you can see women (and increasingly teenagers - which I am concerned about them having to cover themselves so young, mainly as an attempt at encouraging chastity) -- you can see women with hijab wearing jeans and tighter fitting tops.
Honestly, then, I'm not looking at their face but their T&A, which detracts from the point of covering the head in the first place.
Well anyways, Malaysia and Indonesia, the only few non-Middle East Muslim-majority countries, will have FaceTime allowed on iPhone 4.
As for the Middle East, I just think sometimes, it's a big cosmic joke of some sort that 3 of the few major world religions all ended up coming from the same place and arose in a short period of time. It was like "God", if you will, had to repeat the message a few times, and I think some of us still don't get "it".
I'm not really sure Nvidia if you understand what is Niqab, borqa or even Hijab for that matter. In Islam "not in Muslim country but generally in Islam", women are required to cover their hair with hijab or veil and of course cover their body, which means long sleeves, long dress and so on. This is what is required from Muslim women to wear where ever she is. Now, borqa or Niqb is not required by Islam at all, and if you see a women wearing hijab and another one wearing borqa or niqab, you can't say: Ooh, that one with the niqab is more religious then the other one with Hijab!! NO!! and why you can't say that?? because as i explained to you, these stuff like borqa or niqab are not a Muslim women wear. It's the culture of Arabian Gulf Region, Like UAE, Qatar, Oman, Iran etc...
Thats why Muslim Women in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria and many other Muslim countries 99.5% will wear only hijab and not borqa or niqab. When the religion of Islam came to light 1400 years ago, the only women who wore the Niqab were the wives of the Prophet Mohamed PBUH, and they were only the women who were required to wear such a dress and if you knew, you would've found it in Quran.
Thats why in Indonesia where you hail from and in the western world, USA and Canada, you will find convert women 99.5% wearing hijab and not niqab or borqa because they looked really in to Islam and decided to become a Muslim, hence, they are wearing the right dress. But if you happen to see a convert in the western world wearing niqab or borqa, then be 100% sure, that people who taught her or helped her understand Islam and therefor became a Muslim, are or have an eastern back ground because as many of you think that Islam is an Eastern Religion, but it's not. It's a religion for every body, if your whit, black, brown, yellow, red!
Back to iPhone
I'm pretty sure that religion has absolutely nothing to do with not launching FaceTime feature, because for example here in the UAE, we are having mobile video calls on regular cell phones beside, they can't stop a feature on the iPhone just because it doesn't fit their point of religious view. We can chat and have video calls using all kind of messengers or have a video call as i said. FaceTime is just a fancy way of saying a video call
I'm sure it will work on in few months.