DIY iPhone stand for macOS Ventura finally gives me a great webcam for my Mac

Unfortunately, Apple’s webcams on its Mac computers have been a running joke for the past few years due to their poor quality, but DIY support finally seems to be improving that once macOS Ventura is released.

While we’ve seen improvements in the front cameras of Apple iPhones in recent years, with features like filters, Portrait mode and more, the lower quality on the Mac has remained the same.

This was highlighted when it released its Studio Display in March. Although a software update attempted to fix the blurry webcam stream bugs, it didn’t seem to improve the quality much.

However, there is a new 3D printed support (opens in a new tab) which can enable Continuity Camera in macOS Ventura, which uses your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac, and I can’t wait to use it for my MacBook Pro.

Not long to wait

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Although I love using a Mac again after using only the iPad for several years, one of the takeaways from this change is the reduction in the Mac’s webcam compared to the iPad Pro’s FaceTime camera. .

If I was in a Zoom or Skype call for example, the recipient would see me in high quality, even with filters applied. But on the Mac everything looks grainy, and while I thought it might be because the lens was smudged, I’ve since admitted it was solely due to the webcam itself.

That’s why I’m looking forward to camera continuity in macOS Ventura. This feature has me looking forward to the macOS update because it lets me clip my iPhone to the back of the MacBook Pro and use it for those important video calls every week.

But Jonathan Wight has already solved the problem of making us wonder when the accessory to attach the iPhone to the Mac will arrive, thanks to his 3D printed solution.

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I don’t have a 3D printer, but some friends have one. With the public beta coming in July according to Apple, it’s tempting to install macOS Ventura, have the above printed for me, and see how well the feature works.

On the one hand, the new feature is an admission by Apple that they can’t improve Mac webcams fast enough, so it’s the next best thing. But on the other hand, your iPhone has another use while you are working on your Mac other than charging.

Whatever the reasoning behind Continuity Camera, it’s a feature I can’t wait to try, almost as much as the new iOS 16 lock screen. iPhone models with MagSafe, which allows devices to magnetically connect to the smartphone to charge, become a stand, and now, a camera.

If you want to try this and you have an older iPhone, there are great deals for an iPhone 13 to ensure you’re ready for the Continuity Camera once macOS Ventura arrives later this year.

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