The new iPhone 15 Pro and AirPods Pro 2 provide vital Apple Vision Pro upgrades
The Apple Vision Pro could not have been in attendance throughout the current iPhone 15 launch occasion hosted at Apple Park, nevertheless it obtained a shout-out and a few upgrades that you just might need missed.
Sadly, these enhancements aren’t coming to the headset immediately, as an alternative they’re buffs unique for individuals who personal a number of premium Apple merchandise – particularly the new iPhone 15 Pro (or the iPhone 15 Pro Max) and the up to date AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C port.
Beginning with the iPhone 15, the Pro mannequin’s cameras now have the flexibility to file Spatial Video. This immersive format lets you use the Vision Pro to relive 3D recreations of reminiscences you movie and was first proven off within the Vision Pro reveal trailer at WWDC 2023.
Whereas kinda cool – it looks like a step in direction of hologram recordings from sci-fi – the characteristic additionally felt reasonably dystopian when unveiled on the Vision Pro. Particularly, to have the ability to file Spatial Video of a particular second really on the Vision Pro, you’d have to separate your self from it; you’d cowl your eyes with the VR headset as well up the digicam and begin recording. It additionally wouldn’t allow you to relive any reminiscences that occurred when you didn’t have the $3,499 (round £2,800 / AU$5,300) headset available to file – and given the worth of the Vision Pro it doesn’t strike us as one thing you wish to carry with you all over the place.
The iPhone 15 Pro solves each of those points. Whereas recording spatial video in your iPhone you’ll be able to nonetheless be current within the second and expertise it for actual because it occurs – not simply by a recording – and you’ll nearly at all times have your cellphone on you to have the ability to seize reminiscences as they occur.
The characteristic received’t be dwell when the new iPhones launch, however Apple famous that Spatial Video recording can be coming within the close to future (we count on it’ll arrive earlier than or simply because the Vision Pro releases).
Greater than USB-C charging adjustments
One other announcement from the iPhone 15 occasion is that Apple is launching an up to date AirPods Pro 2 with a USB-C charging case – to match the USB-C charging port now utilized by the iPhone 15 fashions. Apparently, this charging change isn’t the one improve coming within the refresh of Apple’s noise-cancelling earbuds.
For a begin, the revamped buds have a new IP54 dustproof and water resistant label (the earlier iteration simply had an IPX4 ranking, suggesting its mud resistance wasn’t examined). Extra importantly, only for Vision Pro customers, these earbuds will help a “groundbreaking wi-fi audio protocol” that unlocks 20-bit, 48 kHz Lossless Audio for the Apple headset. This implies you’ll be able to get pleasure from your Apple Vision Pro experiences in personal and with high-end audio (increased high quality than you will get out of your AirPods Pro related to even the newest iPhones) by slipping in a pair of USB-C AirPods Pro 2.
Weirdly, this improve appears to be unique to the new AirPods. Older AirPods Pro 2 charged by way of a Lightning cable don’t appear to supply this high-end audio high quality with the Vision Pro. So if you happen to solely lately purchased a pair of AirPods Pro 2 you would possibly wish to return them and decide up the USB-C mannequin as an alternative when the new mannequin releases on September 22, if the Vision Pro is one thing you are remotely involved in.