Here’s how to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac

Mac users can now use an iPhone as a high-end webcam for their computer as part of the upgrades applied to MacOS Ventura, Apple’s latest operating system update.

In addition to the better optics that the iPhone cameras use, including portrait mode, the system will be part of the iPhone’s ultrawide camera to show the user’s physical desktop from above, a move aimed at helping people create of DIY videos to support. It will also take advantage of a feature called Studio Light, which adjusts the lighting to make the subject’s face brighter, as if illuminated by a ring light. Center Stage, the feature that follows you as you move, will also work.

The new webcam setup, called Continuity Camera, becomes available wirelessly when the two devices are close, without the need to unlock the iPhone.

And it seems to work with multiple camera apps, including Zoom.

It answers a Covid-era criticism that computer manufacturers have failed to put decent webcams in laptops and desktop computers. The previous line of the PC companies was that good built-in cameras take up space and cost more components.

Apple has also expanded handoff to FaceTime, meaning a FaceTime call started on an iPhone or iPad will automatically switch to a Mac when the caller approaches the computer, or vice versa.

MacOS Ventura will be available in beta in a few weeks and will be available for free in the fall.

Separately, Apple introduced advanced multitasking to iPads via its Stage Manager feature. This allows users to multitask with overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view, drag and drop windows from the side, or open apps from the dock to create groups of apps. The window of the app users are working on is displayed in the center, while other open apps and windows are arranged on the left in order of their most recent.

Stage Manager also enables full external display support with a resolution of up to 6K and up to four apps each on the display and iPad.

The iPadOS 16 feature, which is limited to iPads with the M1 chip (iPad Pro 2021 and iPad Air 2022), is part of Apple’s effort to better establish the iPad as a work-friendly computer. Here’s how to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac

Fry Electronics Team

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