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Apple today began selling Belkin's new iPhone Mount with MagSafe for Apple TV 4K on its online store in the U.S. and other countries.

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This accessory allows you to mount your iPhone to the top of your TV, or it can be placed on the stand below. Then, you can conveniently use your iPhone's rear camera for FaceTime video calls on any Apple TV 4K model running tvOS 17 or later.

Key features of the mount, as listed on Apple's online store:
Mount directly to your TV or display up to 4 inches (10.1 cm) in depth

Works as standalone mount on desktop or a TV stand

Tilt from –20 to +30 degrees to adjust to your environment

Easily flip iPhone orientation to stream or record in portrait or landscape

Keyhole mounts and mounting bracket included for added stability

Designed for Continuity Camera–supported apps
Belkin already offered a very similar version of this mount for use with the iMac and Apple's external displays, but it is currently listed as unavailable on Apple's online store. Apple continues to sell a version of the mount for MacBooks.

Priced at $49.95 in the U.S., the TV version of the mount ships in one business day.

Article Link: Belkin Releases MagSafe Mount for Using iPhone Camera With Apple TV
 

Return Zero

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I think I would be much more likely to use an iPad for this, one reason being I'll still have access to my phone during longer FaceTime calls, and another reason being I already have a keyboard case for my iPad that can hold it at a good angle (I can set it on the table below the TV). I haven't actually tried it out yet though, because I always forget it's a feature, haha.
 

Nekronos

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While that might be a more elegant solutions, you can buy a phone case with a kickstand for less and there are a variety of other materials for a few bucks that can serve the same purpose.
 

Joe Mac User

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any Apple TV 4K model running tvOS 17 or later
Point of clarity: The Continuity Camera feature only works with 2nd Generation or Later Apple TV 4K models. I think the article should be clarified to reflect this, even if the PR doesn't have the info.

 

HobeSoundDarryl

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The catch to under the TV cameras is it will look like you are looking OVER the audience on the other end. The catch to over the TV placement is the opposite (basically facilitating the classic "I'm up here" scenario). The wrinkle is TV screen size vs. monitor screen size. Put it above or below a much smaller screen and that effect isn't so noticeable. Try it once and you'll quickly realize this. Or as a quick substitute to get the concept, shoot a selfie video with the phone down at about keyboard level or a bit above your head while staring ahead at eye level. Then watch the video you shoot as if you are on the other end of a FaceTime call.

The solution is counter-intuitive: try to get the phone or iPad camera roughly CENTER of the TV. Then as you look at those on the other end, YES, they will have a bit of them obscured by the iDevice, but- to them- it will look like you are looking RIGHT at them.

Solution #2: Distance helps. If you get far enough away from the TV such that it seems to be about the size of a monitor, the effect of looking over or under is better disguised. However, now you are FARRRRR from the microphones, so audio might be an issue.

I'm thinking ideal is perhaps a dedicated (smallish) camera (only) on a telescoping stick that can be pulled up to about mid-screen when one wants to FaceTime. In lieu of a new product creation, something towards the below left product for iPhone mounting TV center... or maybe use an on-hand tripod to get an iDevice in that spot... like the one shown below center?

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Else, maybe a bent stick/gooseneck to loop over and down from the top of the set to get it more towards center of the TV screen (like image above, far right). Yes, you still have this hypothetical camera blocking a bit of the view of the other party... but now it's just a small camera instead of a whole phone or iPad. Of course, Apple would need to build such a thing... or allow others to build one and use the Continuity software.
 
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Joe Mac User

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While that might be a more elegant solutions, you can buy a phone case with a kickstand for less and there are a variety of other materials for a few bucks that can serve the same purpose.
One that can position the iPhone vertically enough? Most seem to tilt the iPhone down as you extend out the kickstand enough to be stable.

Also, not everyone uses or wants that kind of case. This gives them an option.
 

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I've used FaceTime on AppleTV several times and it works well. But my TV is far enough away from the couch, that to put my phone at the TV is too far away. Instead I set up my phone on a tripod about halfway between the TV and couch.
 
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ignatius345

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I found a really great little mount for like $25 that works on my TV, iMac and even MacBook:


The larger body of it anchors it to a TV or desktop monitor (and will stand upright on a table) Then for a MacBook, you pop out the smaller part with the magnetic mount and just clip that onto the top of the display. Been using for a couple weeks now and it's really quite nicely made. Everything else I'd found were single-purpose mounts like this dumb Belkin thing, meaning you're supposed to buy a separate one for each device.

[edit: I just realized the magnetic mount can actually be swapped out for an Apple MagSafe charger if you want. Very cool.]

FaceTime over Apple TV is pretty fun. The Center Stage feature follows you around the room, and will even reframe if a second person enters the frame.
 
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Dorv

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Solution #2: Distance helps. If you get far enough away from the TV such that it seems to be about the size of a monitor, the effect of looking over or under is better disguised. However, now you are FARRRRR from the microphones, so audio might be an issue.

In my normal-ish sized living room, there hasn't been an issue with audio the 4-5 times.

I'm guessing most people using this on a television are far enough away that the eye-lines don't matter in the least.
 

HobeSoundDarryl

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In my normal-ish sized living room, there hasn't been an issue with audio the 4-5 times.

I'm guessing most people using this on a television are far enough away that the eye-lines don't matter in the least.

It was dramatic on my TV from maybe 8-10 feet away with iDevice basically propped up against the bottom of the screen. It very obviously looked like I was looking OVER the people on the other end. After a while, I simply adopted my approach to looking AT the iDevice camera instead of looking at them on my screen to "correct" this effect... which left me only seeing them in the upper peripheral vision.

So, because I had one on hand for video projects anyway, I went with the tripod option to get the camera towards center of screen and that solved it completely (though an iDevice blocks a bit of my view of them). Basically, I'm putting a "dynamic (physical) island" in the center of my TV screen for this usage. That works very well for my presentation to 'them' but of course, I have an iDevice size "hole" somewhat obscuring a bit of them.

I'd love a small, camera-only for such a purpose (minimal block of 'them' but perfect video send from me).
 
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HobeSoundDarryl

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Can people hear you if your TV is in a large room?

Start a video (selfie) recording, prop it against your TV now, get to where you would normally be for a FaceTime/Zoom call, pretending you are talking to someone by saying a few words, then go get your iDevice, play the video and hear for yourself. There's nothing like a real test to absolutely answer a question like this. Otherwise, you'll get a mix of "no problem for me" to "problem for me."

Note you can also use buds for the audio portion, just like FaceTiming on a computer.
 

Hank001

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Point of clarity: The Continuity Camera feature only works with 2nd Generation or Later Apple TV 4K models. I think the article should be clarified to reflect this, even if the PR doesn't have the info.


Excellent point and info. Awkward the author missed that.
 
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