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These devices and applications provide and support Center Stage

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Center Stage lets your iPad use the ultra-wide camera and follow you when you’re on the go to keep you in the center frame, although it’s not offered on all Apple devices. Below are the devices that support Center Stage.

“[Center Stage] “It makes you more productive on the iPad. It’s simply more fun,” Melody Kona, senior director of iPad product design, said at Apple’s event in September 2021.

Here are the devices that provide the Center Stage, which apps work with the feature, and how to turn the feature on and off.

Supported devices

Center Stage is offered on all iPad models but has not only been expanded to iPhones and more Macs. Here are the devices that Center Stage provides.

iPad Pro

The Center Stage was first introduced on the iPad Pro in 2021, when the M1 chip was integrated into it. The iPad Pro received a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front which allowed the feature to be introduced.

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Although the iPad Pro wasn’t the only device announced at Apple’s event in May 2021, it was the only device to receive the new feature.

The latest iPad Pro also features a Center Stage. iPad Pro price starts at $799.

iPad (9th and 10th generation)

In September 2021, the company introduced the 9th generation iPad. With the additions of a faster processor and True Tone, the entry-level iPad gets a 12MP ultra-wide front camera (introduced in the iPad Pro 2021).

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Being the cheapest iPad on offer, the 9th generation model is great to be able to get a feature that was only once available on the iPad Pro but on a budget-friendly iPad.

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One year later, the 10th generation model was introduced, with the A14 SoC, a larger 10.9-inch screen, and removal of the home button among other changes.

The rear camera is now 12MP, while the 12MP front sensor is now an ultra-wide front camera. It also installs in a different place, on the side, so that it is at the top of the screen when used in landscape orientation.

iPad Air

The iPad Air can be considered the middle child in the iPad lineup. Once thought to be phased out after the introduction of the iPad Pro and the budget iPad, the iPad Air made a massive comeback in 2020.

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In 2022, Apple refreshed the iPad Air again with the M1 chip – the same thing found in the iPad Pro – and a 12MP front camera on the front that allowed for the Center Stage.

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iPad Air starts at $599.

ipad mini

The iPad mini was never redesigned until 2021. Even then, it had the same design since it was first introduced in 2012.

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In 2021, Apple introduced the newly redesigned iPad mini with a full-screen display, Apple Pencil 2 support, and a 12MP front camera. With this camera built into the device, the Center Stage has officially come to the iPad mini.

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iPad mini starts at $499.

studio view

While the Mac lineup got better cameras — upgrading from 720p to 1080p — only one element of the Mac ecosystem got the ability to deliver a Center Stage. With the introduction of Mac Studio, Studio Display introduces a camera similar to that on the iPad – allowing it to make video calls with the Center Stage.

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Currently, Studio Display is the only component in the Mac family that has a Center Stage built in. The Macs themselves don’t have Center Stage support for their cameras, but the feature becomes available once you connect the Studio Display.

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Studio offer starts at $1,599. You can choose from different stand options when choosing the version you want.

Belkin Fon Mount

While iPhones and MacBooks don’t only offer Center Stage, both together — called Continuity Camera — can offer the feature with a little help from Belkin. The Belkin iPhone Mount attaches to the back of your phone magnetically and attaches to the top of your MacBook.

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When you start a video call — or use the camera on your MacBook — your iPhone will automatically detect it and become the main camera to use. iPhone uses its own back camera when used with your MacBook.

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Currently, the extension is for MacBooks only (MacBook Air (2018-2022) and MacBook Pro (2020-2022)). You can get it in white or black for $29.95.

However, while the Belkin iPhone Mount is a good way to keep your iPhone perfectly positioned to work as a webcam, it’s not necessary for the continuity camera to work.

You must have macOS Ventura installed on your MacBook and iOS 16 installed on your iPhone for Continuity Camera to work.

What applications work with Center Stage

Many applications work with Center Stage when video conferencing or content creation. Here are the apps that can use this feature.

video conferencing

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  • Facebook Messenger
  • FiLMic Pro
  • Google is dead
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Skype
  • slack
  • Zoom
  • webex
  • blue jeans
  • confrontation time

create discord

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  • late reaction
  • explain everything
  • tik tok

How to turn on or off Center Stage

Center Stage starts automatically on your iPad, but if you want to turn it off, you can do that as well. Here’s how to turn the feature on or off.

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  1. go to the FaceTime app or Start a video call From your iPad
  2. slide to reach Control Center
  3. tap on Video Effects
  4. tap on theater center (option on the right) to flip it turn on or off

Center Stage can be turned on or off at any time during a call.

Be the center of attention

Center Stage is a great tool to keep you in focus when you’re on the go or when more people join. Allows the viewer to understand who is speaking through the camera to zoom in on the person making a noise and zoom out when someone else joins the conversation.

While the feature is only available on iPads and studio screens, Apple has moved to make the feature more accessible with its Continuity Camera in macOS Ventura and iOS 16.

At the moment, there has been no indication from Apple that the feature is extending to other devices, but it will likely do so at some point in the future.