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Apple Reportedly Plans Fix for $1,600 Studio Display's Disappointing Webcam

Apple Reportedly Plans Fix for $1,600 Studio Display’s Disappointing Webcam

Apple recently unveiled a new, powerful Mac Studio desktop computer and the $1,600 Studio Display to go with it, a 5K cloak that reviewers have praised — except for disappointing performance from its integrated webcam. Apple has a software fix on the way, but it’s not positive when it’s coming, Input reported Thursday.

Reviews from The Verge and The Wall Street Journal lamented that the integrated webcam captured images with grain and noise, with particularly poor performance in low light. Apple acknowledged to The Verge that “the systems is not behaving as expected” and that it will make improvements in a software update, though it’s unclear when that’s coming.

The disappointing performance of the 12-megapixel webcam is a bit of a surprise given how good selfies and FaceTime conditions have been with iPhones and iPads running similarly exciting front-facing cameras. In addition to the webcam, the Studio Display includes an A13 Bionic chipset, which debuted in the iPhone 11, essentially supercharging a simple computer cloak with smartphone brains.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a expect for comment. Check out our review of the Mac Studio desktop and Studio Display here.