If you’ve got an older iPhone, your FaceTime calls just got better

When Apple launched iOS 14.2 final month, it didn’t point out that FaceTime calls would now be in 1080p for older iPhones. As MacMagazine notes, Apple has up to date the product comparability pages of the iPhones 8, X, XR, XS, SE, and 11 (together with the Max and Pro variations) to indicate that they now assist FaceTime at 1080p over Wi-Fi, versus earlier than after they solely supported 720p.

Calls revamped mobile will nonetheless be on the decrease decision, however in the event you’re FaceTiming over Wi-Fi it’s possible you’ll discover elevated readability after the replace. That is, except each callers had the iPhone 12, which has had 1080p FaceTime calls from the beginning (together with over mobile in the event you’re on 5G).

My sister has an iPhone 8 with the replace, so I known as her up on FaceTime. I had her take a screenshot once we have been calling over Wi-Fi, then had her swap to mobile and take one other screenshot for comparability. For good measure, I additionally took screenshots on my iPhone 12 Mini to check what it seemed like on my finish. You can decide for your self in the event you can discover any variations.


Left: screenshot of a 720p name over mobile on the iPhone 8 | Right: screenshot of the 1080p name over Wi-Fi



Left: screenshot of a 720p name over mobile on the iPhone 12 Mini | Right: screenshot of the 1080p name over Wi-Fi

I’ve labored in video all my life, and the distinction between the 2 is fairly placing to me, a minimum of on her finish. On my finish the distinction is a little bit noticeable, however I don’t assume I’d be capable to inform at a look if the video coming from her cellphone was in full HD. Part of this may very well be that, whereas her cellphone is streaming to me at an elevated decision, the iPhone 8 nonetheless has the 7MP FaceTime digital camera, versus the 12MP digital camera discovered on the iPhone 11 and later. Of course, whether or not you see a distinction is determined by how delicate you might be to modifications in video high quality, or how good your eyesight is.

Screenshot of the iOS 14.2 changelog that shows up when updating a phone

The iOS 14.2 changelog, with no point out of the FaceTime enchancment

It’s unclear why Apple didn’t embody this function within the changelog for the replace, on condition that it’s on the iPhone product and comparability pages. Nevertheless, it’s a pleasant bonus on condition that lots of people can be celebrating the vacations over video name as a way to keep secure. Mom and pa will be capable to see the children’ smiles a little bit better, and when you’ll be able to’t be collectively you is perhaps stunned on the distinction a seemingly small bounce in readability could make.


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