Following widespread complaints about the webcam on the Studio Display, Apple will very soon release a separate firmware update in an attempt to resolve the issues.
Studio Display owners reported that its webcam image quality was noticeably weaker than the iPad Pro’s, which in theory should be the same. It produced washed-out and noisy images, they complained, while the crop was “comically high,” according to Macworld columnist Jason Snell.
Apple agreed to investigate the issue, and in April announced that webcam tweaks were included in macOS Monterey 12.4 beta 3. These tweaks seemed to improve the situation to some extent, though by no means everyone was satisfied; Jason Snell described it as a definite improvement, but added, “I hope the Apple team working on this firmware will continue that work, because more can be done to make things better.”
Apple later announced that it would not need to update macOS to get the webcam fix: it would include the tweaks in a separate firmware update, Studio Display Firmware 15.5. This update, the company claims, “fine-tunes camera tuning, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing.” And it’s almost here, after yesterday’s seeding of the Release Candidate (RC).
The RC is only available to beta testers, but it is one of the last stages of the beta process and signals that a public release is imminent. And the fact that it’s available as a separate update is a big deal: as iMore argues, it never made sense for display firmware changes to be integrated with macOS updates, and this separation will make it easier for Apple to respond quickly to other updates. specific. problems without going through the macOS update process.