Yesterday, John Gruber from Daring Fireball criticized Apple’s new Studio Display for its poor camera image quality saying it is “crushingly disappointing. Image quality is astonishingly poor, and Center Stage is glitchy.”
In an update to his original post, he has shared some new findings regarding the issue, noting that Apple’s Studio Display webcam quality issues are a ‘last minute’ software bug, which is fixable in a software update since the display runs a full version of iOS 15.4.
“Multiple little birdies familiar with the Studio Display, each birdie independent of the others, tell me that the image quality problems really are a software problem, not hardware,” Gruber says.
He continues that future software updates will not improve image quality but will instead raise it to a level that is comparable with the iPad models equipped with the same camera. “That would be excellent news, if true. But someone at Apple is having a very bad day today, if true.”
“Speaking of software updates for the Studio Display, you can check the “display firmware version” in System Information, under “Graphics/Displays”. There, you can see that not only does the Studio Display run iOS, it literally runs iOS 15.4: “Version 15.4 (Build 19E241)”. That’s iOS 15.4 right down to the build number — 19E241 is the same build number as iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4.”
In the end, Gruber notes that if the camera image quality issues can be improved via a software update, “we’re not waiting for a bug fix release for MacOS 12, but for iOS 15. Or both?”
Only time will tell how software updates for the Studio Display actually work.