The Continuity Camera feature was one of the highlights of the macOS Ventura update: any Mac can use any compatible iPhone as a webcam via a Lightning cable or wireless connection. and any The iPhone camera is a significant upgrade over the 720p and 1080p webcams that ship with the iMac and most 1080p desktop webcams from the likes of Logitech, Microsoft, and Razer (for Mac mini and Pro owners without a built-in webcam).
The problem is finding a place to put your iPhone before you try to use it as a camera. Belkin created a MagSafe mount that could quickly hold an iPhone to the top edge of a MacBook, but the retention clip is too narrow to fit most desktop monitors. The new version of the mount, announced today, was designed with a wider base and a one-of-a-kind stand to help it fit most desktop monitors.
As of this writing, the Belkin iPhone Mount for Mac Desktop (Magssafe Compatible) is listed on Apple’s site for $29.95, although a Belkin representative has informed us that the correct price is $39.95. Product photos show it sporting a studio display that includes a front-facing camera like Apple’s iPads, but image quality was mixed.
As a MagSafe accessory, the Belkin mount will only work with a subset of iPhones that support the continuous camera feature. MagSafe is included in all iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14 models (Pro, mini, Max, and more), and Continuity Camera works with phones older than the 2018 iPhone XR. To support Continuity Camera, your Mac must be running macOS Ventura and your phone must be running iOS 16.0 or later.