iPadOS 17 expands video capabilities with external cameras and displays

Apple is set to revolutionize the way we use iPads for video calls and other multimedia purposes with the upcoming release of iPadOS 17. This highly anticipated software update introduces the ability to connect external displays, including the Studio Display, to iPads for FaceTime calls and video-related activities.

Furthermore, Apple has enabled plug-and-play support for USB-C webcams, along with USB-A compatibility for webcams when using an adapter.

iPadOS 17

Enhanced video calling with external displays

Starting with iPadOS 17, iPads equipped with a USB-C port can seamlessly connect to external displays for an enhanced video-calling experience. Whether you own a Studio Display or any other compatible external display, you can now make FaceTime calls and engage in video chats using the built-in camera on these displays.

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This feature brings a whole new level of convenience, allowing users to enjoy larger screens and superior video quality during their video calls.

Expanded webcam support

Apple’s commitment to providing a versatile and inclusive user experience is evident in iPadOS 17’s expanded webcam support. In their Platforms State of the Union video, Apple revealed that any USB-C webcam can be used with iPads on a plug-and-play basis. This means that you can now connect your favorite USB-C webcam directly to your iPad and enjoy high-quality video without the need for additional configuration.

In addition to USB-C webcams, the update also supports USB-A webcams when used with an adapter. This ensures compatibility with a wider range of webcams, allowing users to utilize their existing peripherals seamlessly. Whether you prefer a specific brand or have invested in a high-quality webcam, iPadOS 17 welcomes the use of your preferred device, making it even more convenient for all users.

iPadOS 17 availability

iPadOS 17 is already available as a beta version for those with an Apple developer account. This early release allows developers to explore and optimize their apps for the upcoming update. For the general public, the software update is set to be publicly released later this year alongside iOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS Sonoma, and tvOS 17.

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