When Apple released its Studio Display with the Mac Studio, some reviewers were struck by the 12MP ultra-wide camera built into the display and that its image quality was not up to par. that of devices like the iPad Pro, which has the same camera. At the time, Apple said it would fix the problem with the software, and after several weeks, it looks like that fix will be coming soon.
The new macOS Monterey 12.4 beta 3 was made available to developers on Tuesday, and although the release notes only indicate a fix for StoreKit 2, Apple has confirmed with The Verge that the beta includes an update to the firmware for the Studio Display. The update includes “improvements to Studio Display camera tuning, including noise reduction, improved contrast, and framing.”
Developers can get the update through the Apple Developer website or, if you’re running the beta, by performing a software update. Apple usually releases the public beta a day or two after the developer release, but for this release, the public beta also landed at the same time. To install the public beta, you must be enrolled in the public beta program. Then go to the Guide section, click on the “macOS” tab and then on “Register your Mac” in the Start section.
The Studio Display firmware is version 15.5. Once you’ve installed macOS Monterey 12.4, go to System Preferences > Software update and you should see the option to update Studio Display firmware.
Version 12.4 entered beta about three weeks ago, and Apple is releasing betas labeled as final candidates before releasing it to the general public. It could therefore be at least a few weeks before the official release of macOS 12.4 with Studio Display firmware 15.5.