MacOS has now been separated from the Studio Display software updates

Upgrades to the Studio Display are no longer tied to macOS updates.

Release Candidate 12.4 of macOS Monterey was made available to developers and public beta testers earlier today. Additionally, it contains compatibility for the latest Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5, as well as a new feature for the Apple Podcasts Mac app.

MacOS 12.4 Release Candidate notes state that the Studio Display’s camera has garnered average reviews since the display’s introduction, however a separate firmware upgrade for the display is now available.

  • Apple Podcasts has added a new option to automatically erase previous episodes from your Mac’s storage.
  • As a separate upgrade, the Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5, which improves the camera settings (noise reduction, contrast and framing), is supported

Prior to this release, Apple had released the Studio Display’s firmware upgrade as part of the developer beta for macOS. For the first time, the display firmware upgrades have been segregated from the core macOS updates. Allows display-specific updates to be distributed without the requirement for a macOS upgrade..

Apple’s supply chain troubles have made obtaining the Studio Display, which was first introduced in March, more difficult.