Zoom for iPad: 48 video tiles and support for Center Stage, Apple’s AI video cropping feature

Zoom videoconferencing has been updated with support for the iPad Pro’s new Center Stage feature along with an expanded gallery view bringing 48 video tiles to Apple’s biggest tablet.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Zoom for iPad now works with Apple’s Center Stage cropping feature.
  • Center Stage is currently limited to the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro (2021).
  • Also, Zoom can now display 48 video tiles on the bigger iPad Pro.

Zoom for iPad gains Apple Center Stage support

Apple’s Center Stage feature is now available when using Zoom to videoconference with participants on the latest iPad Pro models, unveiled at the company’s Spring Loaded product presentation held on April 20, 2021. With this enhancement in place, customers will experience seamless camera panning and zooming as other people join or exit a Zoom video call.

“With support for Center Stage, you can participate more naturally in our Zoom video calls,“ reads a post on the Zoom blog. “Never again worry about whether you’re out of frame during a workout, teaching a class or celebrating with friends and family over Zoom.“

Expanded gallery view on Zoom

Aside from Center Stage support, Zoom’s gallery view can now accommodate up to 48 video tiles (6×8) in landscape mode on the biggest Apple tablet, the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌. “This can be enabled or disabled through an in-meeting option when the device supports this feature, and the decision is remembered for future meetings,“ the company notes.

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If you have a non-iPad Pro model like the iPad Air, however, you’ll see up to 25 video tiles in the Zoom gallery view. Owners of other iPad models may see a few additional participants in the gallery view, depending on the device’s display size.

A screenshot showing an expanded gallery view in Zoom on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with up to 48 simultaneous participants on a video call
Zoom now supports 48 video tiles on the biggest iPad. Image Credit: Zoom

if you’d like to bring more or fewer people into view, simply pinch the screen with two fingers to zoom in and out. The gallery view enhancements are iPad-only. Both Center Stage support and expanded gallery view require Zoom or iOS 5.6.6 which is about to start rolling out.

For the full changelog of the release, read Zoom’s iOS changelog.

What is Center Stage?

Center Stage is the name of a new Apple feature that made its debut on the 2021 iPad Pro. It uses machine learning to analyze live video feed from the front-facing camera, intelligently applying dynamic cropping to automatically keep people in the shot correctly framed.

Center Stage takes advantage of a new twelve-megapixel front camera on the 2021 iPad Pros that come equipped with what Apple is calling an ultra-wide lens with a 122-degree field of view. This new camera was designed specifically for the iPad Pro models released in 2021.

Here’s a Center Stage description from the iPad Pro press release found on the Apple website:

Center Stage uses the much larger field of view on the new front camera and the machine learning capabilities of M1 to recognize and keep users centered in the frame. As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the shot. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to fit everyone into the view and make sure they are part of the conversation.

Apple has said that Center Stage will be made to developers of video-calling software like Skype, Zoom and others. And with the new Zoom feature, we’re starting to see the first results.

Zoom for iOS is available in the App Store.