Apple Studio Display webcam issue is getting patched, but there’s a catch

A frequently reported issue with the Apple Studio Display is the sometimes poor quality of the webcam. The tech giant promised that the webcam issue would be fixed in a future update, and that update finally dropped today.

According to an Apple spokesperson’s statement to The Verge, “A Studio Display firmware update is now available with today’s beta of macOS Monterey 12.4. This beta update brings improvements Studio Display camera tuning, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing.

While we didn’t encounter any issues during our review of the Apple Studio display, many other users may have encountered this frustrating issue. If you’re looking for a fix, you’ll need to install the macOS public beta first to install Studio Display firmware version 15.5 (Build 19F5062g), then update your display by going to System Preferences > Software Update , and the improvements will be there.

Analysis: For the price, these issues are pretty ridiculous

The Apple Studio Display currently sells for $1,599 (£1,499 / AU$2,499), an incredibly high price for a monitor. It should work just fine considering the high cost, yet two major issues have plagued it since its launch.

The first is the aforementioned webcam issue, which finally received an update today. But even with this patch, users will be forced to run a beta version of macOS, a problem for those who need the display for work where they might not have control over software updates. Not to mention that not everyone wants to run a beta version of their operating system.

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Needless to say, this is a less than ideal solution.

Then there’s a larger issue, which hints at a bigger problem with the Apple ecosystem as it juggles more nested products. On March 30, a firmware update caused the monitor to malfunction since Apple stopped signing the iOS 15.4 update after pushing back the 15.4.1 update, with the company apparently forgetting that the screen wouldn’t couldn’t use this latest update.

Apple’s main justification for the high prices of its products is their quality and ease of use. However, the Studio Display’s persistent issues go against that promise as customers who paid big bucks for it still have to download patches to fix issues that shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

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