How Apple's Center Stage Works On iPad, And Why You Should Use It

Apple gave the new iPad mini 6 and iPad 9 the same Center Stage feature as the much more expensive 2021 iPad Pro. Having this automated adjustment is quite helpful when participating in video calls or virtual meetings, like having a full-time camera operator ready to assist at all times. Along with the other updates to FaceTime, Center Stage makes using an iPad more convenient than ever before.

Apple launched Center Stage along with its two M1 iPad Pro models in May of 2021. Apple's top tablets enjoyed several big upgrades, including the same speedy chip that powers the latest Mac computers. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro also received an impressive Mini-LED display, a first for a tablet. Among these exciting new features, the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide selfie camera is easy to forget about, but that's what makes Center Stage possible.

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Apple's Center Stage works with the front-facing camera on newer iPad models to keep the user within view and approximately centered when making a video call or attending a virtual meeting. When enabled, this feature works with FaceTime calls, Zoom, WebEx, and Google Meet video conferences. Apple makes the API available so if a particular app doesn't have the feature now, it might with a future update. When seated in front of the iPad, everything will appear the same. If the user leans to the side, Center Stage will digitally pan to follow that movement. If standing or moving away from the iPad, digital zoom might be used to bring the user's face closer.

Center Stage can be enabled in the Settings app by scrolling down or searching for a video calling or conferencing app. Within the options of each app, tap the switch beside 'Center Stage' to enable its use. FaceTime includes a button within the app as well. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen during a FaceTime call will show this control, along with the option to mute the microphone, apply effects, or switch to the rear camera. Apple's Center Stage for the iPad provides the user with the freedom to move around during a video call which can be quite a relief.

The field of view of the new front-facing cameras of the newer iPad models is 122 degrees and that means it can cover a large area. When Center Stage is active, it can even detect when more than one person is coming into view and it will zoom and pan to reveal multiple participants. Due to this, it may be beneficial to disable the feature at times when someone's face comes into view around the edges and the user doesn't want to include them in the call. For example, when working from home and remaining fairly stationary for a video call, it might be just as well to avoid family members accidentally triggering a zoom and pan to include them.

Switching this new video calling feature on is quick and easy via the settings menu, so everyone with a compatible iPad should give it a try. Apple's Center Stage eliminates the need to be locked in place directly in front of an iPad, giving the user the freedom to move and stretch during a video call or conference.

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Source: Apple



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