Apple vows to fix Studio Display’s disappointing webcam


Apple Studio Display
A software update is on the way.
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Apple has promised that it will address webcam quality issues on its new Studio Display with a software update.

The monitor’s rather disappointing camera performance is one of the biggest frustrations among reviewers. One likened it to an “old BlackBerry,” while another said it is “awful in good light and downright miserable in low light.”

Studio Display will get camera improvements

Studio Display, which officially goes on sale tomorrow, has divided early reviewers. While many praise its impressive 5K screen and built-in speakers, others find its missing features (like HDR and ProMotion) to be unfortunate.

And despite being dubbed “the best built-in Mac webcam experience” by one reviewer, Studio Display’s camera receives the most damning complaints. “This thing just looks awful,” said Nilay Patel. But it should get a lot better.

‘Not behaving as expected’

Apple “discovered an issue where the system is not behaving as expected,” spokesperson Jennie Orphanopoulos told The Verge. “We’ll be making improvements in a software update.”

It’s a shame Studio Display ships with the issue, but it’s comforting that it is — at least according to Apple — a fixable software problem. It would have been much more difficult to improve if it was poor or defective hardware instead.

“There’s no timeline on that update, nor any details on what it might improve,” The Verge added. Here’s to hoping it comes soon after Studio Display makes its official debut on Friday, March 18.


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