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Here’s what the updated Apple Studio Display webcam looks like

Apple’s $ 1,599 Studio Display arrived last month with great promise from its camera, which has a 12-megapixel sensor, ultra-wide f2.4 lens, and the same A13 chip as the iPhone 11 Unfortunately, it was loaded with buggy software which made everything worse. Apple has told us it is not behaving as expected and has promised us a software update.

That update is now here, kind of. You should update your Mac to the general beta of macOS Monterey 12.4, which comes with additional updates on the Display Studio. (Upon updating to Studio Display, upgrades are available when connected to another Mac, though.)

I updated the review chapter last night, and, basically, the changes are what Apple said we will see: the noise reduction is improved, the contrast is better, and the configuration is a bit wider. Here is the side-by-side:

Old webcam Studio software on the left, updated software on the right

They should not blow anyone’s mind, but they certainly should not be immediately broken-up. There are a few more details on my face, a little noise on the back, and the colors are definitely right. (I seem to have really seen the sun over the last year.) It seems that Apple’s decision to put a wide-angle lens on this Stage Center support camera works on image quality here – no matter what, it goes on and on. These sensors, giving the whole system less data to work with.

The update is still in beta, so we’ll see if Apple changes something else when macOS 12.4 actually ships, which should be faster. When that happens, we will be closely monitoring and updating our reviews accordingly.