Apple has released a software fix for an issue affecting audio output on some of its new Studio Display monitors.
The fix comes just a few days after numerous media reports pointed out the problem, which caused audio to unexpectedly cut out, sound distorted, or even speed up.
In response to the situation, Apple rolled out on Thursday an updated version the 15.5 firmware for his $1599 monitor. The tech company’s release notes list the firmware as 19F80, replacing 19F77. The text that accompanies the update notification simply reads, “Fixes an audio issue with Studio Display,” adding that macOS Monterey 12.4 or later is required.
Apple placed great emphasis on the Studio Display’s audio quality when it introduced the monitor in March, highlighting its six speakers, which consist of four force-cancelling woofers for bass and two tweeters for mids and highs.
But after the release, some Studio Display users started complaining about problems with the sound. While Apple hasn’t publicly acknowledged the issue, it has recently reached out to authorized service providers to let them know of a workaround it could share with customers while Apple engineers worked on a more permanent fix.
This involved unplugging the monitor from the power supply and removing any accessories or devices attached to it. Thereafter, studio display owners were advised to wait 10 seconds before reconnecting power to the studio display.
The audio issue isn’t the first issue to hit Apple’s 27-inch 5K display.
Within hours of reviewers getting their hands on it, it turned out that the webcam image was subpar. Apple acknowledged the problem before releasing an update to improve image quality. However, the consensus seems to be that the webcam’s image quality is still well below what one would expect from such an expensive monitor.
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