Belkin’s iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Mac Notebooks has a foul identify however is an excellent accent. It allows you to clip your iPhone onto your laptop computer so you may make use of macOS Ventura and iOS 16’s Continuity Camera feature, which turns your telephone right into a webcam that completely crushes just about something that’s constructed into MacBooks nowadays. And if that was all it did, I’d nonetheless be pleased with it — however its design and options are what really make it value contemplating, despite the fact that there’s already a flood of other accessories meant to do the identical job.
Using the mount to show your telephone right into a webcam is easy: you magnetically snap it on, flip out slightly foot with Belkin’s brand on it, and relaxation it on high of your pc. Then you simply select your iPhone because the digital camera in no matter video chat app you’re utilizing. It’s a reasonably easy mechanism that works properly, and since the mount is round, you possibly can connect your telephone in both portrait or panorama mode.
Its versatile form does, nevertheless, imply that there’s not that additional stabilizing magnet on the backside like some other MagSafe accessories have. That most likely gained’t trigger a power downside; my iPhone 12 Mini by no means slid off Belkin’s mount or something, even after I examined it with no case, and none of my colleagues who’ve used the mount with greater telephones famous any points. But it does imply that you will have to spend a second twisting the mount a tiny bit to verify your video doesn’t find yourself barely crooked.
Where the mount actually shines is its construct high quality and bonus kickstand / grip ring (sadly, the kickstand can’t actually be used if you wish to prop your telephone’s digital camera up on a desk as a substitute of your pc; it’s simply not in the proper place). The complete factor feels very clean and stable, like a rock that’s been polished by transferring water. It’s additionally coated in a kind of grippy rubber, which feels nice and is very unobtrusive. When I’m utilizing it with my telephone on, the low-profile dome matches just about completely into my palm, and I barely discover it’s there. If you really need Continuity Camera to be helpful, it’s a must to be sure you’ve all the time obtained a mount with you. The Belkin is good sufficient that I need to maintain it on my telephone, which suggests I gained’t neglect it after I depart the home.
With that stated, I don’t assume this mount and Continuity Camera are going to revolutionize my informal FaceTimes or Discord calls with family and friends for one easy cause: when my laptop computer is really on my lap, placing a telephone on the high of the lid makes it very tippy, even with my mini telephone. When I used to be utilizing it with my legs crossed, it my laptop computer would simply fall over and yeet my telephone throughout the room if I didn’t catch it. Even if I’ve obtained my arm on the palm relaxation, it solely takes the slightest bump for the load of the telephone to drag my 13-inch MacE-book Pro’s display again to its most open place, normally leading to a really unflattering angle (and maybe an uncomfortable quantity of pressure on my show?).
To be clear, this most likely gained’t be an issue on a desk until you’re utilizing the diminutive 12-inch MacE-book. One of my co-workers stated that his MacE-book Air was completely secure when sitting on a desk with an iPhone 13 connected to it, and the identical was true for an additional co-worker who used the mount with a Pro Max and 16-inch MacE-book Pro. But it does imply that I’ll most likely solely use this accent for extra formal video calls the place I’ll be at a desk or counter moderately than the much more frequent ones that I do from the sofa. That’s not Belkin’s fault; it’s simply physics, and actually, I don’t assume my mother or sister are going to thoughts seeing me in fuzzy 720p (or, a minimum of, I haven’t gotten any complaints prior to now few years).
Even with this limitation, I nonetheless really feel just like the Belkin mount is value its $29.95 price ticket for anybody who cares what they appear to be on video, has an iPhone, and plans on upgrading to macOS Ventura when it comes out on Monday (and who doesn’t want the hassle of establishing a devoted digital camera / tripod / mild).
However, for those who principally work from a desk with a monitor, it could be value ready for the desktop model, which Belkin says will allow you to tilt your telephone to reframe the shot. That model is “coming soon,” in accordance with Belkin’s press release, although it doesn’t point out whether or not it’ll characteristic some kind of energy supply that’s extra elegant than simply plugging your telephone in utilizing a Lightning cable. That kind of characteristic wouldn’t make sense on the transportable model, nevertheless it’d most likely be a pleasant add for individuals who are in conferences all day lengthy.