Still, sticking to the 720p webcam on the MacBook? Well, now is the time to move on whether that’s what Apple intended or not. I say this, but in the end, I know, Apple is working on the idea of Continuity Camera with macOS Ventura and iOS 16. It’s a feature that will really integrate the Apple ecosystem, we talk a lot about how it effectively allows different Apple devices to work together seamlessly. This is a feature that will let the MacBook connect to an iPhone that can be used as its webcam.
While we’re working on it, Belkin is working on a new brew that’s MagSafe compatible. It attaches to the back of the iPhone and can be affixed to a Mac (where the webcam is) using its support to use the iPhone’s rear camera as a full-fledged webcam.
Belkin’s Continuity camera accessory sounds like a great idea that the Apple enthusiasts in you will be ready to try! Sadly, the accessory hasn’t been released yet. A few YouTubers and bloggers have managed to work with prototypes, giving us an idea of what to expect when it comes to the MagSafe-compatible Continuity Camera.
How it appears, the Belkin device – in the making – is an all-white circular peripheral that attaches to the back of the iPhone with the MagSafe. I’m not sure of the material it’s made from, but let’s assume it will be soft silicone so it doesn’t leave any scratches behind the Mac when it mounts. When the webcam is connected to the Mac in the ideal location, the Continuity camera is automatically activated so that the iPhone can be used as the webcam.
The fun really starts here. The iPhone webcam can then be set to center stage or features like portrait mode, which means you not only get into Zoom calls and FaceTime chats at better resolution, but can also make calls more interesting. Even more compelling is Desk View that users can activate so that the iPhone can use the ultra-wide lens to adjust your work desk in webcam video; Highly useful for product reviewers making unboxing videos.
Like I said, this is only a prototype shown, so the final accessory may differ slightly from what we’ve seen. But for the fact that it can also run as a kickstand for the iPhone, we’re expecting a resourceful tool. After how things go, the Continuity camera accessory will be launching with macOS Ventura and iOS 16 in a few months.