At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple showed off a new macOS Ventura feature called Continuity Camera, designed to let you use an iPhone XR or later as a webcam for your Mac.

The Continuity Camera is intended to be used with a stand that secures the ‌iPhone‌ to the Mac screen in the correct location for all functionality to work properly. Apple plans to partner with companies like Belkin to create accessories for the Continuity Camera, but those won’t be released until the fall, so at the moment there’s no official mounting solution.

If you want to try Continuity Camera as it’s supposed to be used and you have a 3D printer, Jonathan Wight has created assembly models for MacBook Pro and iMac Pro. You can print one of the stands and attach it to the Mac to hold the ‌iPhone‌ in place.

Continuity Camera works wired or wirelessly with the Mac, and it’s designed to start automatically when you activate an application that uses the webcam on the Mac. It uses the ‌iPhone‌’s rear camera for the best possible image quality, and there are several useful features.

Portrait mode blurs the background behind you, while Center Stage uses the Ultra Wide camera to keep you centered in the frame even as you move around the room. Studio Light dims the background and brightens the face to replace external lighting, making it ideal for backlit scenes, and Desk View uses the Ultra Wide Camera to show what’s on your desk for a while. video call.

Continuity Camera is currently available to developers as part of ‌macOS Ventura‌, with Apple planning to make a public beta available in July. We’ll probably see third-party support options pop up on sites like Amazon any day now, but for now, 3D printing options are great for those with access to a 3D printer.

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