Among the various features in macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1, Continuity Camera is one of the most interesting. Introduced during WWDC 2022 along with operating systems, it allows turning iPhone cameras into Ultra HD webcams for Macs, both stationary and portable, and radically increasing chat video quality. Not just Facetime, because Apple implemented the functionality at the operating system level and it works with all programs that use the system APIs provided by the company, without “shortcuts” or custom tweaks.
Among the various features, we said, this continuous camera we tried is one that we will definitely continue to use even after the macOS Ventura beta is over. Certainly the only “disadvantage”, if we can define it this way, is the lack of hooks and systems from Apple or third parties to attach the phone to the back of the computer, it will be overcome in the coming days when the systems are released and we’ll see Amazon and other e-commerce sites flooded with numbers Growing (at least, we think) from various hookup suppliers as well as Belkin, which led the way with the prototype shown during WWDC with macOS Ventura and iOS 16.
How it works
To use the continuity camera, you must first understand how to mount the iPhone so that it is positioned suitable for video chats, ideally just above the top edge of the laptop or screen lid with the main cameras facing us, and then “back” with the screen or cover. There are countless options, but none of them are truly “comfortable.”
Apple said it will soon present its solution in the form of media commissioned by Belkin. The accessories clip onto the top edge of your MacBook or Studio Display cover and hold your fresh iPhone via MagSafe, with the laptop’s rear camera facing you. The problem appears when using monitors other than the Apple Studio Display or a new generation laptop.
Continuity camera settings
But how does the continuity camera work? Before using Continuity Camera, it is necessary to perform a few operations: Make sure that you have a compatible iPhone (XR or later) that has the same AppleID account as your Mac and that two-factor authentication is active. After installing the Ventura public beta and the latest version of iOS 16, it’s obviously necessary, but soon Ventura will move to the final version.
WiFi and Bluetooth on your Mac and iPhone should also be active. To activate it, go to your iPhone system settings and activate it from General > AirPlay & Handoff by selecting Continuity Camera Webcam. It should be turned on by default.
Use the webcam
The process is one of the simplest things. Just start the video conferencing app on your Mac (Facetime is fine but Google Meet, WebEx, Teams, Zoom) and search within the app for the option to choose a camera. iPhone should be one of those available. Choose it and your iPhone should switch to webcam mode smoothly. It’s done wirelessly – you don’t need to connect your iPhone to your Mac with a Lightning cable. Once you make your selection, if you choose Auto Camera Selection, your Mac and iPhone should be paired automatically.
Continuity Cam can also be used to do other things besides video chatting. For example, some other video applications that have recording functionality, such as Photo Booth and QuickTime, support video using the continuity camera as a source. On the other hand, iMovie doesn’t recognize the iPhone as a video input option, at least as I’m writing this article, but that doesn’t necessarily change in the future.
quality and bow
As we said at the beginning of the article, we used the continuity cam several times, both for tests and then, more often, for work. The gesture of placing the phone next to (theoretically above, but we don’t have the right hook) to the computer and answering or starting a video call is very normal.
We consider this functionality very convenient and also interesting for the possibilities it offers for the future and believe that despite the improvements now being made within MacBook webcams, it will continue to be part of the user experience of the Apple ecosystem with greater complexity always. It also makes us imagine potential developments when, say, Apple’s new augmented reality glasses and other types of potential “transitions” between technologies the company has shown us over time to be effective for experience growth. ‘use.