When Apple announced Continuity Camera in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura at WWDC, it showed off accessories from Belkin that will make it easier to mount your iPhone on top of your Mac’s screen. These accessories aren’t available for purchase yet, but some of the first hands-on videos hit the web this week, showing off Belkin’s MagSafe mount for the real-world Continuity Camera.
What is Continuity Camera?
Continuity Camera is a new feature in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura that lets you use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac. The feature is completely wireless, connects automatically, and works with any video calling app on your Mac.
As we’ve covered in depth, the feature is incredibly impressive and offers a major leap in video quality over Apple’s built-in Mac webcams. The setup process is seamless, with your iPhone automatically connecting when you open a video app like FaceTime or Zoom on your Mac; there’s even a desktop view feature that also shows an overhead view of your desktop.
Belkin Continuity Camera Mounts
To improve the Continuity Camera experience, Apple has partnered with Belkin to create several different options for mounting your iPhone on top of your Mac. New videos posted on YouTube this week by Brian Tong and Zollo Tech offer a first real-world look at a Belkin accessory that uses MagSafe to mount your iPhone to your Mac.
Belkin’s accessory looks very impressive in these videos – you just snap the mount onto the back of your iPhone, then use the built-in clip to secure it to the lid of your MacBook. The clip looks relatively small, which probably means it will only work on MacBooks, not thicker screens like the Studio Display or iMac.
It’s particularly impressive that the weight of the iPhone doesn’t cause issues for the MacBook lid, considering how thin and light Apple’s MacBook displays are. The videos show the Belkin MagSafe mount that securely holds the iPhone at the perfect angle for video calls and office viewing.
It’s still unclear when Belkin’s Continuity Camera accessories will be available, but we’re expecting a release sometime this fall once iOS 16 and macOS Ventura are available to the public.
In the meantime, there is select iPhone desk mounts on Amazon it should also work well for the Continuity Camera.