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Apr 12, 2001

Starting with iPadOS 17, the built-in camera on the Studio Display and other external displays can be used with iPads for FaceTime calls and other video purposes. This functionality is available on any iPad model equipped with a USB-C port.


As it turns out, this feature actually goes beyond external displays. In its Platforms State of the Union video for developers, Apple revealed that any USB-C webcam can now be used with iPads on a plug-and-play basis, as demonstrated in the video below from Stephen Robles. USB-A webcams are also supported with an adapter.

iPadOS 17 is available in beta for anyone with an Apple developer account, and the update will be publicly released later this year.

Article Link: iPadOS 17 Adds Support for Studio Display Webcam and Other External USB Cameras


macrumors 65816
Aug 12, 2008
I want it on TVOS so I can use the TV in a Facetime.

edit: finally. It appears it kinda has.


macrumors 68000
Aug 16, 2010
It would be nice if iPads could be used as monitors in general.
I know it's not quite the same as basically plugging in any generic HDMI source, but I absolutely use my iPad as a second monitor on my laptop when traveling right now using sidecar
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macrumors 68040
Jun 8, 2017
I know it's not quite the same as basically plugging in any generic HDMI source, but I absolutely use my iPad as a second monitor on my laptop when traveling right now using sidecar
I know, but for example there's no way to connect a Blu-ray player to an iPad for playback, or a non-Apple computer like a Raspberry Pi.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 24, 2016
SoCal ☀️
So I can plug any usb webcam directly into my iPad Pro? This could be handy!

The pandemic (sadly) has spurred the market for better quality webcams, this new nice option from Apple should further promote webcams.
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macrumors 6502
Jul 25, 2008
Shouldn't this be "anyone with an Apple developer account"? Or do I misunderstand the linked article?
Nope. The statement is correct. At the moment iPadOS 17 is available in "beta" for anyone with an Apple developer account, but it is not available in "beta" for anyone with an Apple account, and never will be. Anyone without a Developer account will have to wait for the "public beta", which may be slightly different the the "beta" and is not available yet.


macrumors 6502
Oct 24, 2018
Hmmm... If more than once USB-C webcam can be connected, then there's potential for the iPad to be a wired security camera hub. It will depend on whether iPadOS allows access to those cameras simultaneously. I doubt that part of the concept.
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macrumors 6502
Oct 24, 2018
This could be a huge thing for streamers. You know, those that charge monthly subscription fees and have mostly guys. Also, great for swingers too who want to share their efforts.
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macrumors newbie
Mar 6, 2014
This is working perfectly with a Fujifilm X-H2 connected directly, as well as a generic HDMI-to-USB Webcam dongle!
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macrumors regular
Nov 23, 2005
That's great, but what about audio output switching?

Now it defaults to the HDMI output and can't be switched to anything other than bluetooth.
I second this request. Whenever I connect my 2018 11" Pro to my docking station, it always defaults to selecting one specific audio output coming out of the dock (where my wired headphones are connected), but I'd like to choose a different audio output (where my desktop speakers are connected), and there is no current way to change it. I may install the iPadOS 17 DP just to see if they've added this.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 8, 2014
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Works with capture cards too, got my Elgato HD60X running on it. Runs cropped and mirrored though, and unfortunately none of the settings for the external device appear so no changing resolutions etc but as a first beta and lets be honest a device that it was never designed for it works.

If developers such as Twitch or Youtube update their apps I wouldn't be surprised if you'd be able live stream your console from an iPad in a future iOS update.
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