How to enable your iPad’s center stage

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Photo: Apple – If you are on a FaceTime or Zoom call, let your iPad camera follow you around.

Sitting right in front of the display can become taxing when you’re on video calls for hours a day. But it’s essentially impossible if you want to walk around (say if you would like anything to display or prepare), unless you get someone to follow you.

This is done through the Center Stage feature on the iPad. When activated, the camera of the iPad will automatically zoom and pan to keep up with you.

How works the iPad Center Stage?

To zoom and pan the camera automatically, Apple uses some clever machine learning trends. All compatible iPads feature a wide-angle camera lens, and the iPad is a trimmed view only (the one focused on your face).

But while you move about, you will also be focused by the camera perspective. The camera zoomes out (to its wide-angle perspective) to cover additional people when someone else enters the screen. This all happens automatically so that you don’t have to worry.

Center Stage enabled on iPad

The Center Stage is included into the FaceTime app, but also supports third-party apps. Center Stage is built-in for such applications as Zoom, Google Meet, WebEx, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Filmic Pro.

In fact FaceTime has the Center Stage functionality on by default, but if it is not enabled you can do so via the “Settings” app. Go to the section “FaceTime” and activate the Center Stage option.

Photo : Apple

Then, bring the choices menu up, when on a FaceTime call. You can activate or deactivate the Center Stage function for calling from that point.

For apps from third parties too, it’s the same scenario. Open an application called “Settings,” and find the app (it can be Zoom or Google Meet). Then activate the “Center Stage” button. In the video call interface of the App, you can enable or disable the calling functionality of the Center Step.

Which iPads do the Center Stage support?

While Center Stage is a software feature, new widescreen cameras are available only on specific iPad and iPad Pro models. A list of compatible iPads with Center Stage is provided here:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch 5th generation (released 2021).
  • iPad Pro 11-inch 3rd generation (released 2021).
  • iPad 10.2-inch 9th generation (released 2021).
  • iPad mini 8.3-inch 6th generation (released 2021).

By 2021, the Center Stage is available in four of the last five iPads. The only iPad absent on the list is the iPad Air 2020.