Apple is enhancing its webcam on the shiny new M2 MacBooks, however for these of us nonetheless chugging alongside on our current MacBooks, we’ll have the ability to use our iPhones as webcams ( … if we don’t wish to sneak a have a look at our telephone throughout a Zoom assembly).
Later this yr, Apple will start promoting a Belkin mount that lets you clip your iPhone to the highest of your MacBook. Then, whereas on FaceTime calls from your laptop computer, you’ll have the ability to use iPhone digicam features like portrait mode, middle stage and studio mild, a new function that brightens your face and darkens the background behind you. You may also use your iPhone digicam on different MacOS apps, like Zoom.
With out even adjusting your telephone, your digicam can even someway present a desk view (broad angle lenses, maybe?). This can be helpful for a math instructor, for instance, who needs to write down out the steps to unravel an equation with out hooking up a pill. In apply, it most likely gained’t look as good as it did on the keynote — whose desk is definitely organized?
Continuity Camera is, as its title suggests, a part of Apple’s continuity instruments. The corporate may also introduce a handoff function, which makes it straightforward to leap between gadgets whereas on a FaceTime name. So if you’re FaceTiming on your iPhone, for instance, you can place your telephone near your MacBook and seamlessly switch the decision to your laptop computer, quite than hanging up and calling once more.
These options are anticipated to be out there later this yr, together with the Belkin mount. Whereas that is all enjoyable and good, maybe subsequent time Apple can simply put a higher digicam into the laptop computer itself.