- Apple released a new support document in July to warn MacBook owners not to shut down their laptops when the camera cover is on, as it could damage the screen.
- Apple reminds MacBook owners that the FaceTime HD camera has a light that always alerts the user when the camera is on.
- If you plan to use a camera cover, be sure to remove it before closing your MacBook.
As we all care more and more about data privacy, laptop webcam covers have become a necessary purchase for many laptop owners. The problem is, most laptops weren’t designed with accessories attached to the screen, even if they are small, which is why Apple found it necessary to issue a warning on its website this week last. As spotted by MacRumors Friday, Apple now has a dedicated support page to tell MacBook owners to avoid shutting down their laptops when a cover is on the camera so they don’t risk damaging the screen.
“If you close your Mac laptop with a camera cover installed, you risk damaging your screen because the space between the screen and the keyboard is designed for very tight tolerances,” Apple writes on its support site. . “Covering the built-in camera can also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features such as auto brightness and True Tone from working. Instead of a camera cover, use the camera 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 had cracked or been damaged after covering the camera. The good news for this owner is that the crack was covered by AppleCare + as accidental damage.
In an attempt to deter MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users from applying camera covers, Apple explains that the FaceTime HD camera “is designed with privacy in mind and uses a light camera which lights up green when the camera is active. So you will always know when the camera is on. In addition, in macOS Mojave or later, “you can control which applications have access to the built-in camera”.
If you work requires you to use a blanket or you just can’t do without it, Apple has offered some helpful tips:
- Make sure the camera cover is not thicker than an average sheet of printer paper (0.1 mm).
- Avoid using a camera cover that leaves adhesive residue.
- If you are installing a camera cover thicker than 0.1mm, remove the camera cover before shutting down your computer.
Privacy is key, but you don’t want to risk breaking your MacBook screen. If you feel the need to use a camera cover, be sure to remove it before closing the MacBook cover.