One of the new features of macOS Ventura and iOS 16 is the Continuity Camera, which allows an iPhone to be used as a webcam for a Mac. The feature is enabled in the current betas, but is designed to work with specific mounts made by third-party companies such as Belkin.
Belkin has created a MagSafe-enabled Continuity camera mount to place an “iPhone” in an ideal spot on a Mac to be used as a webcam, and while the mount hasn’t been released yet, several YouTubers have been able to give it a try give us an idea of how it works.
Brian Tong, iJustine, and ZolloTech have prototype versions of the mount, which is deceptively simple. It attaches to the back of the “iPhone” and a small plastic lip on the back of the mount rests in the ideal position on top of the MacBook.
When the mount is properly attached to a Mac, the pass-through camera will automatically activate, with the Mac switching to the “iPhone’s” camera.
There are a number of options you can take advantage of with Continuity Camera, including Center Stage to keep someone in the frame, Portrait mode to blur the background, Studio Light to adjust the lighting, and Desk View, a unique feature , which uses the ultra wide lens to show your desktop.
Using your iPhone as a webcam with Belkin’s new MagSafe attachment is so easy. I had the opportunity to test an early version of it on iOS and Mac OS Ventura Betas. Desk view is also 🔥🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Y1AZCS31oT
— iJustine (@ijustine) July 29, 2022
Belkin’s walkthrough camera accessory will likely launch in a few months along with the debut of macOS Ventura and iOS 16.
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