The Belkin accessory Apple showed off during the announcement of Continuity Camera — an iOS 16 / macOS Ventura feature that turns your iPhone into an excellent webcam — is now available for $29.95. It uses a hook, which doubles as a kickstand, to snap onto your laptop’s screen and MagSafe to hold your phone in portrait or landscape mode so the cameras can see you.
Press release from Belkin also says there will soon be a version of the mount intended for use with desktops and external monitors, but for now the “for notebooks” is the only version available. It is compatible with most of Apple’s laptops, including MacBook Airs from 2018, 13-, 14-, 15-, and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and even the MacBook Retina 12-inch. The desktop version allows you to adjust the viewing angle in case your monitor is above your face.
Apple’s continuity camera was quietly one of my favorite features to play around with while using the macOS Ventura beta, but it has resulted in me having to place my phone on several household objects to get a good picture. In theory, this holder should solve that problem and give me a good try of the Desk View feature, which should show what’s on the table in front of your computer.
If you’re going to buy the mountain now, it probably won’t do you much good for a few days; the macOS update that supports Continuity Camera isn’t coming until October 24. However, if you want to be prepared or use the beta, the Belkin iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Mac Notebooks available from Apple’s website both in black and white.