All about iPad Centre Stage Feature

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Your newest and redesigned iPad includes a feature called ‘Center Stage’ that has left people in awe. This exciting feature is yet another effort by Apple to make things easy for working professionals.

Apple’s Centre Stage feature adds a touch of cinematography to the video calls and makes them more fun to watch and shoot. Are you excited to know more about how Apple’s Center Stage feature works and how to enable this feature on your iPad and most importantly, does your iPad support this feature? You’re at the right place!
In this article, we will try to answer all your questions. So without wasting any more time, let’s dive right into it!

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Apple’s Center Stage Feature

Apple’s Centre Stage feature is designed to harness your iPad’s ultra wide true depth front-facing camera. When the Centre Stage feature is enabled on the video conferencing app, the camera focuses on the subject and follows them around in the field of view during the entire video call.

The camera automatically pans and zooms to adjust the frame and focus on the subject. This makes sure you are in the Centre Stage during the video call and never out of focus.
Pretty cool, right? But there’s more to it! Suppose other people also enter the frame during the call, Centre Stage will let the camera automatically zoom out so that there is room for other people on the screen.

This effortless follow-through experience in iPad is the result of Machine Learning and iPadOS 15 amalgamation. When this feature is enabled, iPad’s front camera records the video at a 122-degree angle. Hence, if the users are far away from the iPad, this feature will be disabled automatically. Overall, the idea behind Apple’s Centre Stage feature is to make video calls more intuitive and fun.

While this technology was already present in the Facebook Portal and Amazon Echo Show 10, this is the first time that any of Apple’s devices will make use of this mechanism.

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Apple’s Center Stage Feature Compatibility

Presently, only a few Apple’s iPad models support this feature. They are as follows:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)

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How to enable or disable Apple’s Center Stage on your iPad

Since you know about Apple’s Centre Stage Feature, you must be curious to try out this feature on your iPad. Before beginning, you need to make sure that your iPad model belongs to the list above. If yes, you also need to upgrade your iPad to iPadOS 15.
With all that done, let’s see how to enable and use this feature during the Facetime call.

  • First of all, launch the Facetime app on your iPad.
  • While the Facetime app is currently open, reveal the Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen.
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  • Now look for the Effect Setting Tile in the Control Panel which houses the Centre Stage option.
  • Enable the Centre Stage feature by tapping it.
  • Now it’s time to test this feature, just place your iPad somewhere so that it is stable. Now move from your place and experience your iPad’s camera follow you around.

Since now the Centre Stage feature is enabled, you can Facetime your friends, family, and colleagues in a relatively fun and engaging way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a subscription to use this feature?

Centre Stage is a completely free technology compatible with Apple’s new iPad models. However, you need to pay for the subscriptions of third video conferencing apps.

Will Older iPad models support this technology?

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As mentioned above, this technology leverages the iPad’s ultra-wide front camera, which is only present in the newest iPad models. Since older iPads do not have a front-facing camera; they will not support this feature.

Which Apps Currently support iPad’s Center Stage Feature?

This feature is supported on a wide range of third-party apps like Zoom, Google Meet, WebEx, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and Filmic Pro, among others.
As and when the developers will start integrating its API in their app, the list is likely to increase.


That’s all you need to know about the exciting new feature introduced by Apple in its newest iPad models. We hope this will enhance your video call experience and add a new perspective to your professional video conferences. Try out this feature on your new iPad and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Taiba Hasan
Taiba Hasan
A tech enthusiast with a Post Graduate degree in Computer Applications, trying to make technology less complicated for novice users.
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