Apple warns users not to close MacBooks with the camera cover on


These days, with everyone all hyped up about privacy and steadfast on the belief (whether correct or not) that apps are accessing your MacBook's Facetime camera to spy on you, third party camera covers are selling in numbers on websites such as and Flipkart.

If you close your Mac notebook with a digicam address installed, you may well destruction your show since the clearance in between the display screen and keyboard is created to extremely tight tolerances. "If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is created to very tight tolerances", says the support document. Furthermore, the camera cover is also likely to interfere with the auto-brightness setting, True Tone setting. The Taiwan-based company's manufacturing process is also more cost-effective compared to Intel's, which can result to cheaper Macs. The green camera indicator light glows whenever the camera is being used. "Avoid using a camera cover that leaves adhesive residue", Apple adds, which is probably a nod to scotch tape.

Apple has issued a set of guidelines for those that require their cameras to be covered at all times and if that issue affects you here's what you need to do. As per the document, camera cover might cause damage to your display when you close the lid. For instance, the "Fruitfly" malware circulated for years with the apparent ability to secretly hijack a Mac's web camera.

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The company suggests that as an alternative to a camera cover, people should use the camera indicator light to determine if their camera is active, and decide which apps can use the camera in System Preferences.

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However, if you work in a sensitive environment and a camera cover is necessary, they would advise getting a cover that's no thicker than an average piece of printer paper at 0.1mm.