Apple promises software update to improve Studio Display’s lackluster webcam
The first reviews of Apple’s new Studio Display hit the web this morning, and while they were mostly positive, there was one clear issue highlighted by many reviewers: the quality of the webcam. . Appraisers at The Edge, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere have had harsh words for the Studio Display’s built-in camera, but Apple promises a software fix…
Apple has set high expectations for the Studio Display’s camera, which is an ultra-wide 12-megapixel sensor with Center Stage support. It’s essentially the same 12MP ultrawide lens that we’ve seen the company use in other products such as the iPad. In the press release announcing the Studio Display, Apple touted that the Studio Display would be “the ultimate video conferencing display” thanks to this camera.
Powered by the A13 Bionic chip, Studio Display delivers amazing experiences with its highly advanced camera and audio system. The ultimate video conferencing display, it features a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with Center Stage, a feature that automatically keeps users centered in the frame as they move around for even more engaging video calls.
Early reviews of the Studio Display today, however, clearly show that this is not the case. In his review for The edgeNilay Patel wrote that the Studio Display’s camera looks “awful in good light, and downright wretched in low light. ′′ Joanna Stern at The Wall Street Journal compared the camera’s performance to that of an “old BlackBerry”. Gizmodo had similar complaints, saying the Studio Display’s webcam was “noisy” and “not great”.
The edge says he’s been in touch with Apple about these issues, and the company has promised a software update with improvements. Apple told Patel that its team “reviewed the images you shared and discovered an issue where the system is not behaving as expected. We will provide improvements in a software update.
Unfortunately, as it stands, there is no timeline for this software update, nor any details on what exactly the software update will address. As we previously reported, however, the A13 Bionic’s inclusion in the Studio Display means it can receive software updates and improve over time.
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