Reviews of Studio Display praise its impressive design, excellent 5K screen, great audio system of built-in mics and speakers with Spatial Audio support. However, the new monitor has its share of cons like the lack of HDR and ProMotion tech, high price tag, and one drawback that stands out the most is its lackluster webcam.
Studio Display features a 2MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage that automatically keeps users centered in the frame as they move around during video calls or conferences. Although Apple says that the camera is iPad quality, the results beg to differ as Nilay Patel from The Verge pointed out. Luckily, Apple powered the new display with an A13 Bionic chip which allows the company to release performance improvement updates on it.
Apple says a bug is responsible for Studio Display’s “awful” webcam
Nilay Patel reviewed the new Studio Display and was greatly disappointed by the monitor’s webcam. He wrote:
“The bad part is that I have no idea what’s going on with this webcam. Apple has a long history of producing amazing images with 12-megapixel sensors and A-series chips, and for some reason, this thing just looks awful.
Actually, it looks awful in good light and downright miserable in low light.”
Unamused, Patel sent screenshots of poor quality images produced by Studio Display’s webcam, taken in different light conditions, to Apple and luckily the company responded. Apple’s spokesperson told him that a bug is preventing the monitor’s camera from behaving as expected which will be fixed in a future update. But did not mention when that future update will be available.
I have sent Apple countless screenshots in various lighting conditions and a full sysdiagnose of our Mac Studio and Studio Display review units, and at publish time, all Apple spokesperson Jennie Orphanopoulos could tell me was that Apple’s team had “looked into the images you shared, and discovered an issue where the system is not behaving as expected. We’ll be making improvements in a software update.”
There’s no timeline on that update, nor any details on what it might improve.