This MacOS Ventura feature turns your iPhone into a webcam on Mac

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Apple’s new Mac OS Ventura allows the iPhone to connect wirelessly to the Mac as a webcam, allowing you to take advantage of the phone’s better cameras instead of relying on the low-resolution cameras often built into MacBook laptops. The new feature, named Continuity Cameraworks with most running iPhone models iOS16.

Belkin’s MagSafe mount secures an iPhone on top of any MacBook display.

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Along with an enhanced image, Continuity Camera offers video effects to enhance the experience, depending on the iPhone you’re using. There is especially center stage that uses the iPhone’s ultra-wide lens to follow you around the room. There’s also Desk View, which projects a bird’s-eye view of your desk so you can display handwritten notes or anything else nearby. Finally, it is possible to activate Portrait or Studio Light mode. Center Stage and Desk View both work on iPhone 11 or later – but not iPhone SE – while Studio Light works on iPhone 12 and later.

The iPhone’s webcam feature looks best when placed above the MacBook screen, which can be done with a number of stands. Belkin released a MagSafe-compatible iPhone stand I covered in a handy you can read here.

To learn how to set up Continuity Camera on your iPhone and Mac and access video effects, watch the video at the top of the article. For more reasons to upgrade to macOS Ventura, check out our list of best new features and how to use them.

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