This 3D printed mount is perfect for the Continuity Camera
One of the most impressive new features announced at WWDC this year is something called Continuity Camera – this feature lets you use your iPhone as both a wired and wireless webcam. Before macOS Ventura and iOS 16 went public, we’re already seeing creative ways to mount your iPhone on top of your Mac.
What is Continuity Camera?
Continuity Camera is an awesome feature that lets you use your iPhone as your Mac’s camera, with a few nice bonuses on top. The feature supports Center Stage, a feature that debuted on the iPad, and adjusts framing as you move to keep you centered in frame.
Continuity Camera also supports Portrait mode as well as a Studio Light feature that “cleverly dims the background and brightens your face”.
One of the most impressive features, however, is something called Desk View. This feature uses your iPhone’s Ultra Wide lens to act as an overhead camera when using Continuity Camera:
Using the Ultra Wide Camera on iPhone, Desk View lets you show what’s on your desk during a video conference. It mimics an aerial camera and allows you to share your desktop and your face at the same time, without the need for complicated setup.
During the WWDC keynote, Apple showed off some upcoming mounting options from Belkin, the well-known third-party accessory maker. Options teased included aluminum and plastic ones, with a “later this year” release date.
If you don’t want to wait until later this year, or if you don’t want to pay what will surely be high prices from Belkin, a new 3D printable medium has already hit the web. Created by jonathan wighttwo variants are available: one designed for the iMac and one designed for the MacBook Pro.
These 3D printed designs are a simple way to mount your iPhone on top of your Mac to use Continuity Camera. It uses a MagSafe charging puck to hold your iPhone in place, with small ledges to hang above your Mac screen for ideal webcam placement.
Even with Apple partnering with Belkin for some official designed mounts for the Continuity Camera, we expect to see a ton of different options emerge over the next few months. We will be sure to collect them 9to5Mac as they ride.
For now, you can check out this 3D printable continuity camera mount here.
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