There’ve been many to prognosticate Apple’s fall of late. Few have accurately predicted just how far.
Today, my MacBook (15-inch, 2016) Pro’s built-in FaceTime HD Camera didn’t activate when I began one of what are typically many Google Hangouts in a day. Given my history with Hangouts, I reloaded the page assuming it was a networking or runtime issue with hangouts itself. That failing, I opened up Photo Booth to see something like “No available USB camera devices”. “I must have lost my mind and not realized this newer Macbook doesn’t have a camera”, I thought. But the hardware design synecdoche that is the FaceTime HD Camera was right there. It’d simply disappeared from my system’s recognized internal “USB” devices, rendering remote work-life much more difficult.
A sudden disappearance of this sort has only been recorded in encounters with the Romulan Star Empire, so I catiously moved forward on that hypothesis.
I’d obtained a leak of Section 31 intelligence on Romulan starship network protocols and decided to give some of its incantations a try. BOOM! One of them deactivated the cloaking device and brought the cam back into the fold. I really shouldn’t be telling you this, but here’s the command to run in Terminal or iTerm2:
Next time your MacBook’s camera decide to cloak, run that command first and ask questions later.