Apple macOS 13 Ventura supports using iPhone camera as a webcam

As part of the macOS 13 Ventura show at WWDC22, Apple today announced the launch of Continuity Camera (continuous interoperability), allowing Mac users to use iPhone cameras as webcams.

Macs running macOS 13 can automatically recognize and use the camera near the iPhone without waking or selecting it, and the iPhone can also connect to the Mac wirelessly.

Continuity Camera includes FaceTime features such as Centered Portrait, Portrait Mode, and the new Studio Light effect, which illuminates the user's face while darkening the background.

Additionally, the Continuity Camera uses the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone to enable the desktop view, which simultaneously shows the user's face and a top-down view of the desktop, which is useful for creating DIY videos, presenting sketches on FaceTime, and more.

iPhone XR or later models offer continuous interworking cameras. Using the Continuity Camera wirelessly requires a Mac and iPhone or iPad, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, and both devices must be signed into the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication.

iPhone 11 or later running iOS 16 can use continuous interworking cameras for centered portrait and desktop views. Studio Light is available on iPhone 12 or later running iOS 16.

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