Apple Continuity Camera lets you use your iPhone as a webcam

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Apple improves its webcam on a brand new one Macbook M2but for those of us still chugging along on our existing MacBooks, we’ll be able to use our iPhones as webcams (…if we don’t want to sneak a peek at our phone during a Zoom meeting).

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Later this year, Apple will begin selling the Belkin Mount, which lets you attach your iPhone to the top of your MacBook. Then, during FaceTime calls from your laptop, you’ll be able to use iPhone camera features like portrait mode, center stage, and studio light, a new feature that brightens your face and darkens the background behind you. You can also use the iPhone’s camera in other macOS apps like Zoom.

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Even without setting up the phone, your camera can also somehow provide a view of the table (perhaps with wide-angle lenses?). This can be useful, for example, for a math teacher who wants to write down the steps to solve an equation without plugging in a tablet. In practice, it probably won’t look as pretty as it does on the keynote – whose desktop is actually organized?

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The Continuity Camera, as the name suggests, is part of Apple’s Continuity Tools. The company will also introduce a handoff feature that allows you to easily switch between devices during a FaceTime call. So if you use FaceTiming on your iPhone, for example, you can position your phone next to your MacBook and easily transfer the call to your laptop instead of hanging up and calling again.

These features are expected to be available later this year with the Belkin mount. While this is all fun and good, maybe next time Apple will just put a better camera in the laptop itself.

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