Apple’s latest iPadOS 17 developer beta includes support for a variety of USB webcams, including cameras connected through devices like Elgato’s Cam Link 4K or mirrorless cameras that have webcam modes. Apple’s iPadOS 17 beta developer includes support for USB webcams, and even cameras that are connected via devices such as Elgato Cam Link 4K.
Stephen Robles, a Twitter user, has demonstrated USB webcam support. He notes that this only works with FaceTime for now. This is because there’s a new API for iPadOS 17 that developers must update to support. This will be especially useful for apps such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, which can use webcams and external USB cameras.
Brian Full discovered that Elgato’s HD60S+ capture card can be used to stream content directly from a gaming console or HDMI device. When apps such as Twitch or YouTube are updated to include this external camera feature, the iPad will become a more powerful mobile streaming device.
Apple is testing iPadOS 17 by making a developer beta available instantly for registered developers. In July, a public beta version of iPadOS 17 is expected to be released ahead of its final release in the fall.