macOS Ventura turns your iPhone into a webcam

Apple introduced Continuity Camera in early June, a system that lets you use the iPhone’s camera for video calls.

During the presentation of macOS Ventura and iOS 16 for the last WWDC, Apple demonstrated a feature that could be very interesting in the coming months. As the health crisis begins to be behind us, “video” calls are still numerous, and teleworking remains part of the daily lives of many people.

In order to solve the problem of webcams, Apple has therefore decided to use the superb sensors of the iPhone. Present today in the beta versions of both OS, both for iPhone and Mac, this new feature allows you to film yourself with your iPhone, for a video call made from your Mac.

In the presentation video made during the last Apple keynote, we could see Craig Federighi, the vice president in charge of software, made a FaceTime call thanks to a small support. If we haven’t heard from the latter since, it seems that the Belkin brand is about to market a version.

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A first MagSafe compatible device

The latter is compatible with MagSafe, which makes it perfectly usable for the iPhone 12 and 13. If the product is not yet available for sale, several content creators have already had it in their hands and the first feedback is very interesting. As various YouTubers explain, the system is surprisingly simple.

Once the support is positioned, the computer understands what is asked of it and it automatically makes the change, switching to the camera of the iPhone. This feature, called Continuity Camera, has in itself other Apple solutions designed for video calls.

This is particularly the case with Center Stage, an option that allows you to refocus the subject in a video. Thanks to the camera of the iPhone, the webcam is also able to blur the background thanks to the Portrait mode of the phone. This offers a very different rendering from the blurring solutions available today on video conferencing applications such as Google Meet or Zoom.

At the moment macOS Ventura and iOS 16 are still beta versions of the operating system. The final versions should be made public within a month, a few days after the release of the iPhone 14 at the beginning of September. As a reminder, these two updates are available for a large number of devices, it is possible to find the exact list right here.

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