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- Apple’s Continuity Camera feature will let you use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac.
- Continuity Camera will come with macoS Ventura and iOS 16 when they release this fall.
- But you can already do that with the Camo app, which also supports Android and Windows.
At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022 event, Apple announced a new feature in upcoming macOS Ventura and iOS 16 operating system updates that will let you use your iPhone as a webcam with a Mac computer.
It’s called Continuity Camera, and it wirelessly and automatically connects your iPhone to your Mac when it’s nearby with any video conferencing app available for macOS, like FaceTime,
Microsoft Teams and Webex.
All you need is an iPhone running iOS 16 and a Mac running macOS Ventura, both of which will be released this fall. iOS 16 will be supported on iPhone 8 and newer models.
For iPhone 11 and newer, Continuity Camera also includes Apple’s Center Stage feature, which keeps the camera focused on you as you move. Additionally, Portrait mode blurs the background. Finally, a feature called “Desk View” will use your iPhone’s ultra-wide camera to give the viewer an overhead view of your desktop and show your face simultaneously.
And to use Apple’s iPhone Studio Light camera effects, you’ll need iPhone 12 or later.
However, this is not really anything new.
There is an app that does the same for Android and Windows users.
The Continuity Camera is easily the best choice if you have an iPhone 11 or newer and a Mac computer. But Continuity Camera only works with Macs and iPhones.
Luckily for Android, Windows, and older iPhone users, there’s an app to use your smartphone as a webcam on your PC or Mac called Camo. The desktop version of the app for Windows and macOS, called Camo Studio, is also required.
Camo is even great for older iPhones, iPads, or even an iPod Touch, as it supports iOS 12 or later. Android users can use an older phone running Android 7 or later.
There is a free version of the Camo apps, which is limited to 720p video resolution, use of your phone’s selfie camera or main camera, and use of your phone’s microphone.
The paid version of Camo costs $39.99 per year or $4.99 per month. There’s also a $79.99 lifetime license which makes sense if you plan to use Camo for more than two years.
This fee provides access to all lenses, including telephoto or ultra-wide lenses. You also get Portrait mode on phones that support it, control your phone’s flash, video resolution up to 1440p, and various other controls. You can check out the full list of features you get with the paid version of Camo here.
However, Camo isn’t as seamless or comprehensive as Apple’s Continuity Camera.
Where Camo falls short compared to Continuity Camera is that you’ll need a wire to connect your phone to your computer. This is not the worst drawback, because any ordinary webcam usually needs a wire.
Current iPhone clamps for computer screens also aren’t quite as sleek as Apple’s teased iPhone clamp made by Belkin. From the teaser, it looks like Belkin’s clamp uses the iPhone’s MagSafe magnets to secure itself, and a small lip keeps the phone perched on the screen of a MacBook laptop.
When it comes to Android and Windows users, Camo has user solutions like tripods and flex arms, but they’re just not as turnkey. Either way, you don’t have to wait for iOS 16 to use your iPhone as a webcam with your Mac.
Download the iOS version of Camo here and the Android version of Camo here.