Despite how selfies have become a global practice, Apple remained stingy when it came to its front-facing FaceTime camera. Yeah, it improved the sensor’s ability to support the Face ID, which has been the iPhone’s only biometry component since the iPhone X, but the camera’s usual capabilities haven’t seen much action in years. That changed with the iPhone 12 series when Apple finally made 1080p video calls to FaceTime, but it seems to have gently flipped the switch to older iPhones as well.
When it comes to hardware, the iPhone 8 is still capable of 1080p capture, only that it only applies to standard video recordings. However for one reason or another, Apple has limited video calls to 720p HD for years. This may be a compromise between video quality and bandwidth, and may have been OK at a time when video calls were mostly social activities.
These days, video calls have become more relevant, and Apple seems to have gotten on the wave as well. Actually, it didn’t make a huge deal of noise about it, but it evidently moved FaceTime video calls to the iPhone 12 to 1080p HD instead of 720p on the iPhone 12. Well, that’s to be expected for Apple’s new and greatest smartphones, but in classic Apple fashion, it’s also leveled the playing field with older iPhones.
MacMagazine has discovered that all iPhones going all the way back to iPhone 8 now have this 1080p FaceTime feature. Apple has quietly updated its help pages last month so that no one has really gotten the wind of it so far. The difference in quality between 1080p over Wi-Fi and 720p over 4G was quite noticeable according to the site.
That said, iPhone 12 owners don’t need to feel insulted that this feature doesn’t give them special treatment. Currently, they’ve got one thing all older iPhones don’t have. While the iPhone 8 and later support 1080p video calls,