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Apple skipped over the best visionOS 2 updates

by Kyle Meranda
Apple’s “bento box” showing several features coming to visionOS 2.

Apple talked about just a few new features coming to the Vision Pro throughout its WWDC 2024 keynote presentation on Monday, equivalent to the flexibility to show your 2D images into 3D ones and assist for utilizing the headset on trains. However the firm glossed proper over among the most sorely wanted options that it’s including to visionOS — and people quieter modifications make for a way more thrilling replace.

After the replace arrives this fall, you’ll be capable to see a Magic Keyboard whilst you’re working in a digital atmosphere, use any Bluetooth mouse you need, and rearrange your homescreen icons — together with placing iPad and iPhone apps the place you need. These are all options that in all probability ought to have been there from the beginning, they usually’ll enhance the day-to-day expertise of utilizing the Imaginative and prescient Professional in significant methods.

Fly, little keyboard, fly!
Picture: Apple

Apple says the Imaginative and prescient Professional may even begin saving eye and hand setups for visitor customers for 30 days, too. It’s been nothing wanting a pain to share a Vision Pro with anyone as a result of every time you pop it in visitor mode, that individual has to undergo setup yet again. That’s made it laborious for me to get my accomplice to check out the headset. (I’m certain I’m not the one one who’s skilled that.) I’d relatively be capable to arrange completely separate profiles, however that is not less than a step in that course.

Sports activities followers will likely be happy to know that Apple can also be including five-screen multiview streaming within the Apple TV app, one thing the corporate added to its Apple TV streaming box final yr. And also you’ll be capable to stream content material by way of AirPlay to the Imaginative and prescient Professional out of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac — which, relying on how nicely it really works, might come in useful if you wish to play a sport within the Imaginative and prescient Professional that runs on a Mac however not on the headset.

Lastly, once you encounter a video on the net, you’ll be capable to break it out right into a free-floating video participant — one thing Apple was certain to do since neither YouTube nor Netflix have constructed apps for the Imaginative and prescient Professional. Customers should favor the devoted third-party apps for the companies, like Juno or Supercut, however having the ability to watch different on-line movies that manner will likely be good.

These particulars all confirmed up someplace in Apple’s press supplies. However there’s much more within the launch notes for the primary visionOS 2 developer beta (which, by the best way, is now obtainable). Right here’s a quick checklist of extra options it notes are on the best way:

Apple could not have hit my complete wishlist throughout its WWDC keynote, however I used to be startled by how particularly it’s addressing issues I would like out of visionOS, like the flexibility to name up the homescreen with a single gesture. And to be truthful, it actually did spotlight one huge crowd-pleaser yesterday: an enormous widescreen digital show that wraps round your head. As a staunch three-monitor consumer, I couldn’t be extra happy with that information.

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