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Apple Warns Not To Close MacBooks With A Camera Cover Installed
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Jul 2020
Image via mama_mia / Shutterstock.com
On the one hand, you’re protecting your laptop camera from getting hijacked. On the other, you’re damaging it. Love hurts.
Apple has advised, via a new support document published this month, against closing your MacBook if your laptop has a cover applied over its camera, as doing so can damage the screen.
The tech giant reasoned that the “clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances,” and forcing a camera cover between both ends can impair features like automatic brightness, True Tone, and the ambient light sensor.
The note might have been issued following multiple experiences from MacBook Pro users who have complained of their displays cracking after adding covers to the cameras. The problem seems to especially plague owners of the new 16-inch MacBook Pros, which sport slimmer bezels.
Apple suggested that instead of using camera covers, it will be less damaging for Mac notebooks if customers look at the camera indicator light as reference since apps cannot access the cameras without the light switched on. Users can also control which apps are allowed to use their laptop’s cameras under ‘System Preferences’ in macOS Mojave or newer.
If using camera cover is necessary, Apple recommended to only opt for a version no thicker than the average sheet of printer paper (0.1mm) that doesn’t leave an adhesive residue.
PSA: Do not apply a webcam cover to your Macbook Pro 16" + the story of how my display cracked from
[via MacRumors, images via mama_mia / Shutterstock.com]
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