Apple Debuts VisionOS 2, the First Major Vision Pro Software Update

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  • Apple has unveiled visionOS 2, the first major Vision Pro update.

Apple has offered a first look at visionOS 2, the first big software upgrade for its Vision Pro mixed reality headset.

The platform’s Photos app now uses machine learning to turn 2D images into spatial photos. Spatial video capture will also be easier for professionals through a new Canon lens, with editing in Final Cut Pro and distribution on Vimeo. That workflow will be available this fall.

There are also core interface upgrades. You can turn over your wrist to get quick details like the time and battery level. You’ll also get larger virtual Mac monitors, expanding to an ultrawide digital screen equivalent to two physical 4K displays. You now have freedom to rearrange the Home View, and can save guest users’ eye and hand data for up to a month to help them jump back in.

Apple has also added mouse support, and can show your Magic Keyboard even when you’re fully immersed. Safari can use virtual environments while you’re watching video, and you can see your Vision Pro’s content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac by using AirPlay.

New frameworks will make it easier to produce Vision Pro content in visionOS 2, including TabletopKit and APIs for volumetric and enterprise development.

Apple hasn’t said when to expect visionOS 2, but the developer preview is available today.