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Center Stage on iPad Pro: How to activate automatic tracking

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With the debut of the Center Stage feature, the new iPad Pro (2021) will ensure that you remain in the center of attention at all times during video calls. In this NextPit how to article, we will show how you can activate the feature and see it function in everyday use.

The idea of Center Stage is actually quite simple: The front camera of the new iPad Pro has an extremely wide angle of 122 degrees. For video calls, iPadOS always crops the image so that the person(s) in front of the display remain in the frame at all times.

Enabling Center Stage

The option to activate Center Stage on the iPad Pro is somewhat hidden, as Apple has placed Center Stage under the FaceTime settings.

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Center Stage is activated: As soon as you check this box, the iPad Pro's camera will track you / © NextPit

Although the setting is buried within "FaceTime", the tracking feature also works with Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other similar apps, but this is limited to only the respective client apps and not in the browser itself.

By the way: Those who have already installed iPadOS 15 on their iPad Pro (2021) will no longer find the setting here. However, the feature is always activated on our review unit. Until iPadOS 15 is no longer in beta, chances are there will be additional changes to the final version.

How Center Stage works

In the following video clip, you can see how Center Stage works. The iPad Pro was placed standing on a table and didn't move, but my colleague Fabien Roehlinger did:

Just a note here: unfortunately, the Internet connection was very poor at the time, and due to technical problems we were forced to shoot a video of the screen itself, so please don't consider the image quality of this video to be representative of the camera quality on the new iPad Pro.

Speaking of quality, you can find Fabien's detailed review of the iPad Pro (2021) here:

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Stefan Möllenhoff

Stefan Möllenhoff
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I have been writing about technology since 2004 with a strong passion for smartphones, photography, and IoT, especially in the world of smart homes and AI ever since they debuted. I'm also an avid cook and bake pizza at least three times a week using my Ooni Koda 16. In order to compensate for all the consumed calories, I indulge in sporting activities on a daily basis while strapping on at least two fitness trackers. I am strongly convinced that you can DIY a lot of things if you put your mind to it - including a photovoltaic system and power station.

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