When we reviewed Apple’s $ 1,599 Studio Display, one thing immediately jumped out: its built-in webcam is bad. At the time, Apple told us that an update to improve the camera would be on the way, and now it looks like it’s here. It tells Apple spokeswoman Jennie Orphanopoulos The edge that “an update to the Studio Display firmware is now available with today’s beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4. This beta update has adjustments to the Studio Display camera setting, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing.”
Developers are able to install Monterey 12.4 beta now; everyone else will be able to install it from Apple’s public beta program later today.
Will the improvements to the camera be enough to make your average Zoom call look better than … this? We will test it soon, so check back for more.
The studio display’s image quality was strangely unforgivable given the price of the screen – and inexplicable for a camera setup that was basically the same as an iPhone 11 with a 12-megapixel sensor, f / 2.4 lens and A13 chip. It’s also a skirt that you have to run a beta version of macOS to repair the camera, which is not something most people want to do on their work machines. But perhaps it’s understandable that Apple wants to test these changes under a variety of conditions before rolling them out to the general public.
After installing the developer or public beta, you can update your screen by going to System Preferences> Software Update. Once Studio Display Firmware Version 15.5 (Build 19F5062g) is installed, you should see the results of Apple’s tweaks.