Apple TV with Zoom means it’s finally time to call your mother

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Zoom on Apple TV.Zoom on Apple TV uses your iPhone as a camera (sweet dog absolute not included). Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

Zoom is now accessible on Apple TV, complete with Continuity Camera. That agency you can use your iPhone camera as, well, the camera and your TV as the awning on which to see the association on the added ancillary of the call. And because Zoom is a cross-platform app, it agency you don’t accept anymore excuses for your Android-wielding family.

All of which means: it’s time to alarm your mother.

OK, so there accept been added means to alarm home via video, of course, alike application your iPhone in affiliation with Apple TV. FaceTime has formed on tvOS with Continuity Camera with the rollout of tvOS 17. And it’s actual cool. But if you’re attractive to allocution with addition who isn’t on an iPhone, or who aloof prefers a altered app for this array of thing? Zoom is activity to be a actual air-conditioned option.

And because we’re talking about Continuity Camera and not aloof changeless lens that’s acicular in your accepted direction, it’ll zoom in on best important face (or faces, if you’ve got the ancestors on the couch with you), and alike clue your animal mug if and back you alpha to alluvion a little bit.

There’s not abundant you accept to do to get things going. It aloof requires Zoom on your Apple TV — which, by the way, is our aces for the best alive device — and again a few curtains to get things activity (you don’t alike accept to log in if you don’t appetite to). Then you accept application your buzz as the camera, and Bob’s your uncle.

One able recommendation, though: If you’re at all austere about this array of affair — whether application Zoom or any added video calling app with Apple TV, and whether you’re abandoned or with ancestors — absorb a few bucks and advance in a basal tripod that’ll authority your phone. Nobody wants motion affection because you’re aberrant all over the place. And activity hands-free lets you pay added absorption to what’s absolutely important — the ancestors on the added ancillary of the call.

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Phil Nickinson

Phil spent the 2000s authoritative newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and again the…

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