Continuity Camera presented in the recent Apple Keynote, allows you to quickly add photos or documents to projects on your Mac using the camera of your iPhone or iPad. This is a new feature that allows you to share your iPhone camera and create a continuity between the new Mac’s Mojave operating system and that of iOS 12. Once the phone is connected to the computer, many apps will have a new option “Take Picture” at your hand (alternatively you can also use your iPhone to scan documents). Read on to find out how Continuity Camera works.
Continuity Camera is a new feature of MacOS Mojave and iOS 12 that allows you to open the camera of the iOS device from the Mac, then immediately transfer the photo that is taken and insert it into a document on the Mac on which it is working. So, for example, if you’re working on a Pages document and you need a photo of something in your vicinity, you can activate Continuity Camera, take the picture with your iPhone and immediately use the photo that appears in the document on the your Mac.
Let’s see how Continuity Camera works and how you will use it on your Mac and iOS devices when MacOS Mojave and iOS 12 are released.
How to add a photo with Continuity Camera
In order to use Continuity Camera, you need to work with an editable document.
- Open your document or project on your Mac in an app like Pages, Keynote or TextEdit.
- Control-click and right-click on a space within the document ( Note: your photo will be placed wherever you click).
- Click on Take photos under Insert from your iPhone or iPad. By clicking on “Take Photos” your iPhone will detect it instantly, activating Camera mode.
- Press the Camera shutter button on iPhone or iPad and your new photo will be immediately inserted into the app you opened on your Mac.
- Touch Use photo, Your photo will now appear in the document you clicked.
- Double-click on your photo if you want to add some information.
- Enter a URL, title and/or description for your photo.
- Click Remove photo from the popup if you want to remove the photo.
This new feature is part of a larger effort that Apple is making to integrate the operating system of the Mac with that of mobile devices, to offer a unique experience on all its devices.
How to scan a document with Continuity Camera
- Open your document or project in an app like Pages, Keynote or TextEdit.
- Control-click and right-click on a space within the document (note: your photo will be positioned where you click).
- Click Scan documents under Insert from your iPhone or iPad.
- Scan the document using your iPhone or iPad. Repeat to acquire more documents.
- Tap Save, Your documents will be inserted into the document on your Mac.
- Double-click on the scanned document if you want to add some information in it.
- Enter a URL, title and/or description for your document.
- Click Remove image from the popup if you want to remove the scanned document.
What do you think of this new function? This new road taken by Appe we had anticipated in a previous article in which we analyzed the next future news, including the ability to make MacOS and iOS dialogue. But we considered it unlikely to be introduced already at this stage. We thought it would be postponed next year, but it surprised us. But this is only the beginning of an irreversible path that will lead us to use the same apps on both operating systems.