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Newest macOS Beta has fix for Studio Display camera

Apple Studio Display
Apple Studio Display (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • The fix is in the macOS Monterey 12.4 beta released today
  • You need to update your Studio Display after updating ton the beta.
  • Apple has claimed the subpar performance of the camera is due to software malfunction.

From the minute the early reviews of the Studio Display came out, people have been crying foul about the camera performance. Apple was quick to claim that the camera woes were because of software not behaving properly and has been working on a fix.

Today, in the newest macOS beta, there appears to be a fix for the Studio Display camera. Once you've updated to the latest beta, you'll likely need to update the display itself by going to System Preferences > Software Update. Once you see that your Studio Display is running Firmware 15.5, that should have the fix.

Time will tell if this fix will help the camera to perform better, and we will be doing our own testing to confirm once we can. Of course, the Studio DIsplay should perform better than the launch results were giving, especially since it's essentially running an iPhone 11 inside — A13 Bionic chip and all.

Might wonder why Apple wouldn't just release this fix to the general public; however, could be multiple improvements needed behind the scenes to improve the performance of the camera. It's probably better that Apple test it out to ensure it actually fixes the problem before rolling it out to everyone.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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2 Comments
  • Here's a prediction with 100% certainty ... the update, as well as future updates, will indeed fix the camera but no one will agree that this is the case and we'll all be hearing about "how bad the Studio Display camera is" until *literally* the next hardware revision. So ... at least until 2026-27 or so.
    Prepare yourself for about five years of childish moaning, lol.
  • I've read an article that says that it truly is a hardware issue. Time will tell but in the meantime I've canceled the order I had for one.