- Apple released a new support document in July to warn MacBook owners not to close their laptops when the camera cover is on, as it could damage the screen.
- Apple reminds MacBook owners that the FaceTime HD camera has an indicator light that always alerts the user when the camera is on.
- If you are going to use a camera cover, never forget to remove it before closing your MacBook.
As we all become increasingly concerned about data privacy, laptop webcam covers have become a necessary purchase for many laptop owners. The problem is that most laptops were not designed with screen-attached accessories in mind, however small, so Apple deemed it necessary to issue a warning on its website last week. As MacRumors saw on Friday, Apple now has a support page dedicated to telling MacBook owners to avoid closing their laptops when there is a lid on the camera so as not to risk damaging the screen.
“If you close your Mac laptop with a camera cover installed, it could damage your screen because the separation between the screen and the keyboard is designed for very tight tolerances,” writes Apple on its support site. Covering the built-in camera could also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features like Auto Brightness and True Tone from working. As an alternative to the camera cover, use the camera indicator light to determine if your camera is active and to decide which applications can use your camera in System Preferences. ”
As MacRumors explains, this was likely precipitated by a series of complaints from online MacBook users who reported that their screens have been cracked or damaged after covering the camera. The good news for that owner is that the crack was covered by AppleCare + as accidental damage.
To try to discourage MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air users from applying camera covers, Apple explains that the FaceTime HD camera “is designed with your privacy in mind and uses a camera indicator light that illuminates on green when the camera is active. That way you always know when the camera is on. ” Also, on macOS Mojave or later, “you can control which apps have access to the built-in camera.”
If your job requires you to wear a cover or you just can’t live without it, Apple has offered you some helpful tips:
- Make sure the camera cover is not thicker than an average piece of printer paper (0.1mm).
- Avoid using a camera cover that leaves adhesive residue.
- If you install a camera cover that is thicker than 0.1mm, please remove the camera cover before closing your computer.
Privacy is paramount, but you don’t want to risk breaking your MacBook’s screen. If you feel the need to use a camera cover, be sure to remove it before closing the MacBook lid.