The new Studio Display from Apple is technically an iPhone


When it comes to iPhone display sizes, is it possible that Apple’s Studio Display is the largest ever? As well as having some of the same hardware as an iPhone 11, this $1,600 monitor is actually running iOS 15.4, just like an up-to-date phone. What’s going on in this place?

The Center Stage, which is powered by an A13 Bionic chip, was revealed at the launch of the Studio Display. This feature, which was first introduced on the iPad, adjusts the monitor’s 12MP webcam to keep you in the frame during video calls, even if you move around the room.

The A13 Bionic processor and this 12MP camera module were previously used in the iPhone 11’s camera. As early reviewers, including John Gruber, discovered, the Studio Display has a firmware called “Version 15.4 (Build 19E241).”” On an iPhone or iPad running the current version of iOS or iPadOS, that’s exactly the same build number.

A 27-inch version of an iPhone or iPad, then, is what the Studio Display is really all about. To make it behave like one of these smartphones or tablets, you could jailbreak the Studio Display. But this is a risky strategy because the Studio Display does not have a touchscreen. I would advise against it.

A more practical standpoint would be to make regular updates and improvements to the Studio Display from Apple. It has already been requested by early customers and reviewers that a “bug” in the Studio Display be patched to improve webcam performance. Adding new features or updates is not an impossibility.

To be honest, I wish the Studio Display used tvOS rather than iOS. Like Samsung’s bizarre smart monitors, it could be used as a stand-alone device in this configuration. It’s not a crazy idea—the HomePod runs a tvOS version!

Also read: Update to iOS 15.4 is causing serious battery life issues for iPhones


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