When the pandemic began, everyone started offering software that turns your DLSR, mirrorless, or phone into a webcam. Apple has joined the 2-year-old trend and it will soon finally enable you to use your iPhone as a webcam. What do you mean, “improve the native Mac camera?” Nah, you can attach your phone to it for your Zoom meetings.
The Verge shared Apple’s demo on Twitter, showcasing the possibilities of the upcoming Continuity Camera feature. It lets you connect your iPhone wirelessly to your Mac and it instantly recognizes it. You don’t even need to wake up the phone. You can also use it as a top-down camera and simultaneously show your face and your desk if you need to.
To use Continuity Camera, you won’t need new hardware. Apple notes that software updates will be available and supported by all your devices. As for the availability, Continuity Camera will be available “later this year,” but Apple didn’t note it precisely. Of course, you’ll also need to buy a separate gadget to attach your iPhone to your Mac. Apple is working with Belkin to make stands for this purpose, and I wonder how much they’ll cost.
While the feature looks pretty cool in the demo, I’d say that Apple is about two years behind Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, or Sony. Another thing is the native webcam on Mac computers which should be improved. “Sure, it’s neat to be able to use your phone as a webcam, but goodness, Apple, you do realize that there isn’t a laptop in the world that won’t be used extensively as a web cam,” TechCrunch wonders. “You clearly have access to the plenty of high-quality cameras from the gabazillions of iPhones you’re selling.” So, why not just improve that instead of launching new software and separate stands people have to buy to use the feature? Oh, wait, I think I know the answer.
[via The Verge]