Apple improves FaceTime quality on older iPhones

In a year where we’re talking digitally more than ever, Apple quietly made a major FaceTime improvement on older iPhones last month.

Apple improves FaceTime quality

In early November, Apple released iOS 14.2, an interim update that added several new features. What Apple didn’t say, however, is that the update has also noticeably improved the quality of FaceTime calls on older devices.

MacMagazine found that Apple has quietly increased FaceTime quality to 1080p on the iPhone 8 and later. The list of iPhones that support FaceTime HD is as follows.

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone SE 2020
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

This higher video quality is clearly visible but only works if your device is connected to WiFi. The four iPhone 12 models are the only ones to support FaceTime HD over 5G.

The Apple website now also states that these iPhones work with ‘FaceTime HD’. Remarkably, the higher FaceTime quality is not yet available on the iPad.

Video calling with your Apple devices

Now that we are working and studying from home en masse this year, apps have become more important to keep in touch with each other. On Techlargest we have written a series of practical tips to familiarize you with this app category. Check them out below:

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