Apple asks MacBook users to avoid using webcam covers

By Manikanta Immanni
MacBook Camera Cover

Apple has just warned MacBook users not to use covers on their webcams since they can damage the screen and also block several sensors. Instead, it asks them to believe in the green status light and can also try resetting in system preferences. Further, it also suggested some measures to cover if needed.

Apple Asks MacBook Users to Avoid Using Webcam Covers

After Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg found hiding his laptop camera in 2016, many started believing in the webcam snooping to be true. After all, there are cyber movies explained how hackers can monitor you every time without your permissions Thus, users think the practice of covering webcams with something is a good privacy practice, but in reality, it may also affect the device and block special features if did improperly.

Apple, in a new support page today, has warned users to avoid using webcam covers while closing their MacBooks. This is because the clearance design Apple has made between the display and keyboard very tight, this may damage the display if it’s not proper. Moreover, it also reasons the warning that sensors like True Tone and Ambient Light which adjusts brightness, can be blocked.

A Reddit user in 2016 has also reported that his choice of using a cover over his MacBook’s webcam has resulted in damage of screen, and cost $1,500 for repair. Instead, Apple suggested to disable/enable access to webcam for individual apps through System Preferences. Users can toggle permissions here in this section and choose what apps can use the webcam.

Moreover, Apple asks users to believe in their green light feature, which will be enabled automatically whenever the camera is ON and recording to know the status. Apple assures that user’s privacy is still on the top of their priority list, and also suggested few measures if they’re still not convinced to avoid webcam covers. That is;

  • Make sure the camera cover is not thicker than an average piece of printer paper (0.1mm).
  • Avoid using a camera cover that leaves adhesive residue.
  • If you install a camera cover that is thicker than 0.1mm, remove the camera cover before closing your computer.

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