Apple has a new . at the Worldwide Developers Conference macOS Ventura feature called Continuity Camera, which is designed to allow you to iPhone XR or higher as a webcam for your Mac.

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Continuity Camera is intended to be used with a holder that secures the ‌iPhone‌ to the Mac’s screen in the right place so that all functions work correctly. Apple plans to partner with companies like Belkin to make accessories for Continuity Camera, but they won’t be out until the fall, so there’s no official mounting solution at this point.

If you want to try Continuity Camera the way it’s meant to be used and you have a 3D printer, Jonathan Wight has made some mounting patterns for the MacBook Pro and the iMac Pro. You can print out one of the mounts and attach it to the Mac to hold the ‌iPhone‌ in place.

Continuity Camera works in wired or wireless mode with the Mac and is designed to launch automatically when you activate an app that uses the webcam on the Mac. It uses the camera on the back of the ‌iPhone‌ for the best possible image quality, and there are several useful functions.

Portrait mode blurs the background behind you, while Center Stage uses the ultra-wide angle camera to keep you in the center of the frame even as you move around the room. Studio Light dims the background and illuminates the face to replace external lighting, making it ideal for backlit scenes, and Desk View uses the Ultra Wide camera to show what’s on your desk during a video call.

Continuity Camera is currently available to developers as part of ‌macOS Ventura‌, with Apple planning to make a public beta available in July. We’ll probably be popping up third-party booth options on sites like Amazon every day, but for now, the 3D printed options are great for those who have access to a 3D printer.

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