All new Macs will reportedly benefit from a big FaceTime camera upgrade

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What you need to know

  • All future Mac releases will reportedly benefit from 1080p cameras, allowing for better quality video calls.
  • As more people have been working from home, they've found their Mac's built-in cameras lacking.

Apple is set to put new 1080p FaceTime cameras into all of its new Macs, increasing the resolution from the previous 720p parts. That's according to a tweet by leaker DylanDKT following more criticism of Apple's camera setups.

Following a YouTube video by Linus Tech Tips that mentioned how poor the cameras are in current laptops, the leaker took to Twitter to agree — but also to point out that all future Macs will come with Apple's new 1080p FaceTime camera built in. Apple already offers a 1080p camera, but only in the iMac lineup. We've been hearing rumors that one will be part of a refreshed MacBook Pro lineup as well.

The quality of Apple's FaceTime cameras has come into question a lot over the last 18 months as people have been forced to work from home more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People who previously didn't need to use the camera built into their Macs were all of a sudden relying on them for meetings and other video calls — only to find that the quality was lacking. Apple looks set to make changes in that regard, although it won't happen before many people have already been told to return to the office.

Apple's M1 iMac already has the new camera system and is said to offer much-improved video capabilities. It could be a good option for anyone who is buying a Mac right now and wants the upgraded cameras so be sure to check out our collection of the best iMac deals and bag yourself a bargain in the process.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.