One of the new features offered by the iPhone 12 range was FaceTime HD, which is simply the ability to make FaceTime video calls in 1080p quality. Now though Apple has brought this feature to older models, so you won’t need an iPhone 12 to use it.
MacMagazine (a Brazilian website) noticed that Apple had included the feature in the iOS 14.2 update. Oddly, there’s no mention of it in the update text, but Apple’s official spec pages for the iPhone 8 onwards now mention FaceTime HD.
Only on Wi-Fi
It’s worth noting however that FaceTime HD is only available over Wi-Fi on these phones. With the iPhone 12 range you can additionally get it on 5G, but 5G isn’t supported on older models, and no iPhone allows for FaceTime HD on 4G or 3G.
It’s surprising that Apple didn’t make a bigger deal about this feature, and that it’s only been noticed a month after iOS 14.2 started rolling out, as it should make a significant difference to video call quality.
If you’ve got a supported device with up to date software you can see for yourself – just start a FaceTime video call over Wi-Fi. Note however that FaceTime HD isn’t supported on iPads, but you never know, maybe a future software update will add it for them too.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.