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Much is expected of Apple’s upcoming redesign of the MacBook Pro. When the laptops arrive, they should come with better screens, faster processors, and a new thin design. There’s one more change that will be welcomed. Apple is finally addressing one of the biggest concerns of recent MacBooks, in the hope that it can catch up with the Windows 10 powered competition.
According to details from Apple watcher DylanDKT, Apple is finally ready to exchange the low resolution webcams on its laptops. Sami Fathi reports:
“[DylanDKT] says that the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will be receiving “an updated, improved 1080p webcam” alongside the “entire Mac lineup.” Apple’s most recent Mac, the 24-inch iMac, features a 1080p webcam; however, its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro continue to feature a 720p camera.”
This hardware update is important to Apple. It may not have the magnitude of the move to the ARM-based Apple Silicon chips, but as the Work From Home movement has grown from a small subset to a significant number of the workforce over the last eighteen months, so has the use of video calling and conferencing.
Apple’s anaemic 720p offering was behind the times going in to 2020, let alone now in the summer of 2021.
The macOS developers have worked on the raw image from the webcam to use the potential of Apple Silicon, and its image signal processor, to improve the image quality but this is a high-tech digital bandage over one of the weakest parts of the overall package.
Finally, Apple is taking the obvious step. As part of the redesign of the MacBook Pro which will include a vibrant miniLED screen, thinner design, and an uprated M1 processor, users who purchase the new…