Belkin’s $30 Continuity Camera accessory is now available for MagSafe iPhones • TechCrunch

Continuity Digicam was one of many odder additions that arrived within the final spherical of Apple working system updates. It appeared like a clumsy repair to a longstanding concern with Mac webcams, clipping your iPhone to the highest of your laptop computer lid, however I’ve come to understand it in my latest travels.

Right this moment, Belkin introduced the supply of the primary official Continuity Digicam resolution, the memorably named Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe. This was the accent Apple teased all the way in which again at WWDC this summer time. It’s successfully a silicone circle with MagSafe magnets within the rear.

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That snaps onto the again of the iPhone, and the small retractable lip goes excessive of the display. It’s meant for use with the rear-facing cameras dealing with towards you — the truth is, with out that in place, you’ll have bother firing up the characteristic in any respect.

That large steel ring that appears like a soda can pop-top, however, isn’t really linked to the characteristic. As an alternative, it’s meant for the remainder of the time. The concept is you may preserve it on the again of the telephone and stick your finger by the loop for a greater grip. The magnet definitely appears sturdy sufficient.

There are two variations of the accent, together with a bigger one designed particularly for desktops – that one is at present listed as “coming quickly.” The distinction owes to the thick of the bigger shows. Sadly meaning you gained’t be capable to use the fashions interchangeably.

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Belkin despatched me a demo unit across the time of my first macOS Ventura writeup and the ultimate mannequin arrived simply as I used to be leaving for Disrupt, so I plan to place it by its paces this week with the entire convention calls I’m going to have to leap on within the greenroom (sorry everybody else).

The iPhone 14 Professional’s digicam beats the most recent Mac Air’s by a mile. Truthfully, it isn’t even shut. Clearly, finest case situation is simply higher webcams constructed into the techniques themselves, however this definitely works in a pinch, particularly when on the highway.

My largest concern in the meanwhile has much less to do with accent than the implementation of Continuity Digicam. Particularly, the iPhone 14 Professional is heavy — and the Professional Plus much more so. The brand new MacBook Air’s hinge, in the meantime, doesn’t seem to have been particularly developed with this functionality in thoughts. That signifies that, until the lid is at or close to a 90-degree angle, the display tends to begin reducing underneath the load.

One thing to bear in mind.

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