Apple’s M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Still Have a 720p Webcam

Just moments ago, Apple unveiled its first every SoC for the Mac known as M1, which powers the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, and marks the beginning of a transition to a new family of chips designed specifically for the Mac.

While the company said its latest M1-based MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro models can handle extremely demanding tasks with ease, from smooth playback of multiple 4K video streams to rendering complex 3D scenes, it failed to mention that they still feature the same old 720p webcam.

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As you can see in the above screenshot, the new M1 models pack the same 720p FaceTime HD camera as the 2017 MacBook Air models.

However, Apple does claim that its M1 chip will improve camera quality during video calls on its new Macs with the same FaceTime camera.

For the 13-inch MacBook Pro:

“Other new features in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro include studio-quality mics for super clear recordings and calls, and Apple’s latest camera ISP in the M1 chip enables sharper images and more detail in shadows and highlights on video calls.”

For the MacBook Air:

“Other new features in MacBook Air include Apple’s latest image signal processor (ISP) in the M1 chip, which improves camera image quality with better noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance and ML-enhanced face detection so users look their best during video calls. “

Well, looks like getting the same old webcam on the new M1 Macs isn’t that bad after all don’t you think?