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iPhone 4 will not upload 720p HD video over 3G

Apple iPhone 4 does not upload 720p video

It seems that the Apple iPhone 4 has another unexpected hiccup in its functionality. As you may already know, the iPhone 4 is capable of recording glorious 720p HD video. Unfortunately, it can’t upload them. Intomobile is reporting on their attempts during a video upload test, only to discover that the iPhone 4 will not upload 720p video. Instead, it will automatically downscale your HD video down to a less than eye-popping 568 x 320 pixel resolution.

That’s not to say that the original video isn’t in 720p. In fact, if you go through the trouble of physically connecting your iPhone 4 to your computer, off-loading the video, and uploading it via YouTube that way, you’ll find that the 720p-ness is completely intact. They just don’t want you uploading such a huge file through the iPhone directly. This makes sense considering that it will “save you” from the massive 3G wireless data transfer fees, but I have a burning suspicion that the same restriction is in place even if you try uploading via Wi-Fi. A 720p video file is going to be massive and could very well take you hours to upload. We don’t think Apple (and AT&T, for that matter) will lift this HD upload restriction anytime soon, it could create a huge bottle neck if everyone started uploading 720p videos and slow AT&T’s network down to a crawl.


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  • Juan

    True. But why not lift the restriction when publishing over wi-fi? This is a dumb limitation on wifi!

  • Daniel

    You actually can upload 720p hd video to facebook with the facebook app. If you record the video from inside the app it will upload in full quality. However, if you choose a video from your library it shrinks and compresses it.