Sunday, 30 May 2021 22:50

Zoom delivers Centre Stage update for iPad Pro 2021, Gallery View updates too


If you have one of the new 2021 iPad Pro models, Zoom allows use of the new Centre Stage capability of the front facing camera, while 12.9-inch iPad Pros can see more people in the Gallery View.

The Zoom blog has posted new information about taking advantage of the 2021 iPad Pro Centre Stage feature.

We're told that the two new features – support for Apple’s Centre Stage and expanded Gallery View – will help you "better participate in calls, potentially stave off video fatigue, and better connect over Zoom."

The Centre Stage feature is new to Apple’s 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and it uses the ultrawide front camera and machine learning to keep you in frame as you move, allowing you to go hands-free or move about during a video call.

Center Stage also recognises when others join or exit the frame, automatically adjusting to fit everyone in.

With support for Centre Stage, Zoom tells us "you can participate more naturally in Zoom video calls. Never again worry about whether you’re out of frame during a workout, teaching a class, or celebrating with friends and family over Zoom.

"Zoom users will have an option during a Zoom video call to use Centre Stage on the latest iPad Pro. Apple says that Centre Stage image recognition is done on-device, and no image data is sent to the cloud.

"Center Stage support is currently only available on Zoom 5.6.6 or later on the 11-inch (third generation) and the 12.9-inch (fifth generation) 2021 iPad Pro."

There's also new new Gallery View features.

Zoom has expanded its Gallery View across all iPad models, but those using Zoom on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can see even more of their fellow meeting participants.

See up to 48 participants at once in your Zoom Meeting on the 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro.

Previous iPad models can display up to 25 video tiles in Gallery View, but those using Zoom on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can now see up to 48
video tiles (6×8 in Landscape Mode), allowing them to better connect in large meetings.

Don’t have the latest iPad Pro? No worries! Zoom says many iPad models "are also getting expanded Gallery View, and those users will see a few additional participants on a single screen, depending on the device.

"To bring more or fewer people into view on any iPad, simply pinch the display with two fingers to zoom in and out."


We're told "previous and new iPad models will get expanded Gallery View based on the display size; the ability to see 48 tiles in Gallery View is currently only available on the 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro."

You'll need to update to Zoom 5.6.6 to use the new features, so if you haven't already updated the Zoom app, or have had your Zoom app update automatically, then please update to get the new functionality.

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