Apple Warns: Don't close your MacBook with a cover over the camera

Multiple reports of cracks.

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2020年07月13日, 午後 12:26 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


On July 2, Apple released a support document warning users not to close the display of their Mac notebooks with a cover over the camera, which is said to affect all MacBooks, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros.

The official support document says, "If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances." In addition, "Covering the built-in camera might also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features like automatic brightness and True Tone from working."

The warning is likely to come from complaints from MacBook Pro users who have actually cracked the display by closing it with the cover over the camera. There have been multiple reports on the MacRumors reader forums and Reddit, most notably on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which has a thinner bezel.

One of them is Dashwin on the MacRumors forum. When he put a cover over his 16-inch MacBook Pro's WebCamera in April, not only did the display underneath the camera crack, but the internal display itself stopped working, requiring him to connect it to an external display. He's had one of the exact same webcam covers on his 2011 MacBook Pro with no issues whatsoever for many years.

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As a user, you may be wondering how the repair will be handled. MacRumors points out that damage on the camera cover is considered accidental and can be repaired within the scope of AppleCare+ for Mac, but for those who haven't purchased AppleCare+, the repair will be expensive.

The reason why some people wear a camera cover is solely to prevent prying eyes. Apple has factored that in, stating that "to protect your privacy, Mac notebooks are designed to have a camera indicator light to let you know when they are in use," suggesting that a camera cover is not necessary.

They then goes on to explain that "The FaceTime HD camera built into your Mac computer is designed with your privacy in mind and uses a camera indicator light that glows green when the camera is active. So you will always know when the camera is on. The camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on. This is how you can tell if your camera is on."

They then goes on to explain that "The FaceTime HD camera built into your Mac computer is designed with your privacy in mind and uses a camera indicator light that glows green when the camera is active. So you will always know when the camera is on. The camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on. This is how you can tell if your camera is on." In addition, it is the method of care that explains even "Control which apps can use the camera" in macOS Mojave or later.

If you are still required to wear a cover at work at all times, it is recommended that you use a cover that is not more than the thickness of a sheet of regular copy paper (about 0.1mm) or thinner, and that you do not use a cover that leaves adhesive marks.

It is natural for companies to try to strictly protect confidential information, so many people may be forced to wear a camera cover regardless of their personal intentions.

Source: Apple

Via: MacRumors


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.

 
 

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