Apple is already having to fix the worst part of the Studio Display

Studio Display on wooden desk
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Although Apple's new Studio Display is set to begin shipping out to customers, several news outlets have experienced issues with the giant display's built-in webcam.

The iPhone maker's new 27-inch monitor starts at $1,599 (£1,499 / AU$2,499) and is designed to be used by creative professionals alongside the company's new Mac Studio. In addition to its 5K Retina display and high-fidelity six-speaker audio system, the Studio Display ships with a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 122° field of view.

And TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal and several other news outlets say the webcam's image quality doesn't live up to the rest of the Studio Display's features. 

During its testing of the device, TechCrunch said that the device's camera “produces grainy, low contrast and generally poor images”. After trying the Studio Display with both a Mac Studio and a MacBook Pro, the news outlet came to the conclusion that it must be “some sort of processing error” with the monitor's built-in A13 chip.

Issues will be fixed with an update

Despite the fact that other publications experienced issues with the Studio Display, our own Matt Hanson said that the webcam produced clear footage while the device's Center Stage feature did a good job of keeping you in the shot as you move around. TechRadar also tested out Apple's Studio Display in an office with plenty of ambient light which may have led to better results.

Regardless, Apple is now aware of the issue some reviewers experienced and a company spokesperson told TechCrunch that it would address the camera's performance in an update that will hopefully arrive soon.

If you're a creative professional thinking about picking up Apple's Studio Display, there is another catch that you should be aware of. The monitor comes with a choice of several different monitor stand options including a tilt adjustable stand, a tilt and height adjustable stand and just a VESA mount adapter in case you want to use your own stand or monitor arm. However, Apple's stands and mount adapter are not interchangeable as they are built in. This means if you want to change your setup down the road, you're out of luck and will need to buy a new Studio Display instead.

Although Apple's tilt and height adjustable stands look great and will certainly compliment the Mac Studio or even the Mac Mini, you're better off going with the VESA mount option instead if you prefer flexibility.

Via Engadget

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.