29 December 2020
Apple iPhone 8 now supports 1080p FaceTime video calls on WiFi. This is observed by the folks over at MacMagazine while digging into the specs pages for devices like iPhone XR after the iOS 14.2 update that debuted in November.
The release notes of the public release of the iOS 14.2 didn’t mention this new change but after seeing the change in the specs pages, the tech publication was able to do FaceTime in HD over Wi-Fi.
MacMagazine points out,
We discovered this because the iPhone XR specs page, for example, did not list video calls via FaceTime HD (1080p) until November 4th, but started to list from November 9th.
The new support was quietly made available by Apple on all iPhone 8 and above models.
On the comparison page as well where the comparison between iPhone 8 and other models like iPhone 7 Plus is done, one can note the new capability of the iPhone 8 quite clearly. For comparison, the iPhone 12 supports FaceTime in HD on both WiFi and 5G networks.
MacMagazine notes in its tests that the improvement to FaceTime HD on supported iPhone models is quite noticeable.
Apple iOS 14.2 brings many new changes and features, including over 100 new emoji as well as new wallpapers. There is also support for the iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve with MagSafe.