Apple Details macOS Ventura and iOS 16 Continuity Camera Feature

Apple has detailed macOS Ventura's and iOS 16's new Continuity Camera feature in a recently published support document, offering details, instructions, and tips for the feature.

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Continuity Camera is a new feature in ‌macOS Ventura‌ that allows users to use an iPhone as a webcam on their Mac. Continuity Camera works wirelessly or wired in FaceTime, Zoom, and other apps. With Continuity Camera, users will get video directly from their ‌iPhone‌ camera, which has significantly better quality than the built-in camera on Macs.

Continuity Camera also allows users to use different effects from their iPhones. For the first time on Mac, for example, users can use the Wide Camera on the ‌iPhone‌ to enable Center Stage. Studio Light, Portrait mode, and Desk View, which simultaneously shows a user's desk and face, are also available.

To attach an ‌iPhone‌ to a MacBook, users can purchase a new Belkin iPhone mount that attaches an ‌iPhone‌ to the top bezel of a MacBook. The mount retails for $29.95 and is available on Apple's online store.

According to the support document, users will need an ‌iPhone‌ running ‌iOS 16‌ or later and a Mac with ‌macOS Ventura‌ to use Continuity Camera. Additionally, users must be signed into the same Apple ID on both devices with two-factor authentication enabled, and Bluetooth or Wi-Fi must also be enabled.

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Top Rated Comments

vjpulp Avatar
6 weeks ago
I would argue that this feature is being marketed completely wrongly.
It should not be used for laptops or iMacs (which already have a webcam), but mainly targeted for owners of Mac Minis, Mac Studios, Mac Pros, etc. who use a third party screen and have no or an old webcam. These are the real beneficiaries of this feature.
I for one have an LG 5K Screen hanging on my Mac Studio and will definitely use it.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icanhazmac Avatar
6 weeks ago
I cannot think of a single thing that would make me hang my phone off the back of my laptop.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
6 weeks ago
Is it weird that I don't plan on using this feature at all?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nicole1980 Avatar
6 weeks ago
All this because they were too cheap to put decent built-in cameras in their laptops or iMacs
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mthomas184 Avatar
6 weeks ago

Why should Apple include a fancy camera in their laptops?
People just like to complain about Apple at every chance they get.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rookie_macuser! Avatar
6 weeks ago
On a tripod with MagSafe this seems like a really good idea if you have a lot of meetings and want good quality video.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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