How to update the Studio Display to make your webcam better
If you were hoping the update would dramatically improve the quality, we have bad news.
That’s good news, as it improves the image processing of the webcam. The thing to know is that it won’t make a dramatic difference, because of how the hardware works.
Check out these example images, from James Thomson. Yes, the image is better between the two Studio Display images, but neither is anywhere near as good as the image from the iMac Pro.
The reason? It’s all down to the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera that Apple used. It’s capable of a 1080p image, but it doesn’t use the whole pixel count at any one time.
Center Stage is to blame, Apple’s technology that keeps you in the frame as you move around. It’s the same AI-powered framing used on the Nexvoo conference cam we reviewed last summer.
Both systems use digital zoom to keep you centered in the video feed, resulting in a softer image than if it used the whole 1080p feed.
Apple has made some improvements to how that lower-resolution image is handled, so here’s how to update.
How to update your Studio Display
You need to be on macOS Monterey beta or install macOS 12.4 beta 3 before the option appears. Once you have that, follow along below:
On your Mac head to System Preferences > Software Update
You should see Apple Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5 in the list. Click on Install Now
For those who aren’t already running the beta version of macOS, you have two options. Either you wait until Apple releases the public build of the update, or you sign up for the beta software.
We should warn you that beta software could have issues and isn’t really suited for use on your daily device. At least you’ll have a minor fix for the terrible camera on Studio Display.
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