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iOS 14.2 Quietly Added FaceTime 1080p Support to iPhone 8 and Later Models

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Back in early November, Apple released iOS 14.2 and announced with it a slew of new features for iPhones, but one thing it didn't mention was the apparent addition of support for 1080p FaceTime calls on iPhone 8 and later devices.


The little-known fact was discovered by MacMagazine, which found that Apple quietly updated the specs pages for devices like iPhone XR shortly after the release of iOS 14.2.

Prior to the release, Apple didn't list FaceTime HD (1080p) video calls on its iPhone XR pages, but made the addition in the week following the debut of iOS 14.2.

Looking at Apple's iPhone comparison tool, Apple also now makes clear that FaceTime HD (1080p) over Wi-Fi is available on all models including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


That means when it comes to using FaceTime HD, the only advantage of the iPhone 12 series is support for the resolution over both Wi-Fi and 5G.

According to tests carried out by MacMagazine, the difference in quality between 1080p over Wi-Fi and 720p over 4G was very noticeable on the older iPhones.

Article Link: iOS 14.2 Quietly Added FaceTime 1080p Support to iPhone 8 and Later Models
 

snipr125

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Good to see my iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone SE getting more functionality. Now just need WhatsApp to release its multi device feature and I can alternate between my 12 mini, 8 plus and SE as I desperately miss Touch ID (Face ID gives me headaches so turned it off.)
 
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-Maxim-

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But WHY has this been limited to 720p so far? The hardware/camera is the same obviously and the internet connection speed isn't the bottleneck now nor was it 3 years ago.
Apple could have used that for marketing all those years. I don't quite understand that...
 
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MrGuder

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No love for the 6s :(

in all fairness this should have happened years ago, shameful that Apple held this off for so long...and it was available by software update...hmm!!
 
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Luke MacWalker

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According to tests carried out by MacMagazine, the difference in quality between 1080p over Wi-Fi and 720p over 4G was very noticeable on the older iPhones.
Why did they compare the two resolutions on two different networks? How can they know the improvement came from the 1080p and not from Wi-Fi? Really a strange way of testing… 🤔
 
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