While launching its latest smartphone lineup in September, Apple announced that iPhone 15 Pro models will be able to capture spatial photos and videos. These photos and videos are made for viewing on the company’s AR/VR headset, the Vision Pro, once it is available in 2024. The Cupertino-based tech giant has rolled out iOS 17.2 beta 2 software update for iPhones. The latest update brings support for this capability. However, it is important to note that this update is only available for beta testers and has not been rolled out for the public channel. Beta testers who have received the latest update will be able to use the feature. A user named iSoftware Updates shared a post about the new feature on social media platform X
What are spatial videos
With this update, the iPhone 15 Pro will be able to capture spatial videos and photos for viewing in the Vision Pro headset. The smartphone will use its ultra-wide and main camera to create photos and 3D videos.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple has explained: “Record spatial video with remarkable depth for viewing in the Photos app on Apple Vision Pro. For best results, keep the iPhone in landscape orientation and stable while recording. Video is recorded at 30 fps at 1080p. A minute of spatial video is approximately 130 MB.”
How to enable spatial photos/videos
After installing the latest update, users will be able to find a new option named “Spatial Video for Apple Vision Pro,” in the Settings app. Once the toggle is enabled, users will be able to see a new “Spatial” option in the Camera app’s “Video” interface. The report claims that the option will be depicted by a Vision Pro-style icon.
What it means for users
When Apple brings Vision Pro to the shelf in “early 2024,” users will be able to watch these spatial videos via the AR/VR headset. The upcoming mixed-reality headset will also allow users to capture spatial video directly from the device itself.
The company noted: “Users will be able to capture precious moments in three dimensions and relive those memories with incredible depth on Apple Vision Pro. Every spatial photo and video transports users back to a moment in time, like a celebration with friends or a special family gathering.”
Currently, users can capture spatial photos and videos on the iPhone 15 Pro, but there’s no way to view the “spatial” aspect of them. The Photos app will show the photo or video like a standard 1080p clip shot on iPhone. Apple wants users to start capturing spatial video now so that they have a library of content to watch when Vision Pro is released.
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