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Avatar director James Cameron 'really, really blown away' by Apple Vision Pro headset

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 5, 2024 8:10 PM CST

Apple's revolutionary new Vision Pro headset is now out in the wild, starting from $3499 and impressing the likes of Terminator and Avatar director James Cameron.

Avatar director James Cameron 'really, really blown away' by Apple Vision Pro headset

In a new interview between Vanity and Apple CEO Tim Cook, we get a look into Cook's thoughts, Apple's thoughts, and the thoughts of many others on the new Vision Pro headset. Avatar director James Cameron said: "I would say my experience was religious. I was skeptical at first. I don't bow down before the great god of Apple, but I was really, really blown away".

Iron Man and Mandalorian director Jon Favreau chimed in, telling Cook that he was "blown away" by the technology offered by the Apple Vision Pro and that it will do the storytelling of the future. Favreau actually created content specifically for the 3D capabilities of the Vision Pro, which you can check out if you've got Apple's new headset on your skull. Favreau said: "I'm excited by what kind of story I can tell now that I couldn't tell before now".

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The Apple Vision Pro won't work with some Bluetooth mice or trackpads but here's what does work

Oliver Haslam | Feb 5, 2024 8:15 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro is on sale now and people across the United States have now spent their first few days with the mixed reality headset. As part of that, we're learning more tidbits about a spatial computer the likes of which few have had the chance to use and some of the things we're learning are odd, to say the least. Those things include the fact that the Vision Pro doesn't support Bluetooth mice or trackpads.

The Apple Vision Pro won't work with some Bluetooth mice or trackpads but here's what does work

That was confirmed via an Apple Support document that was first spotted by MacRumors, with the suggestion being that there is little guarantee that any third-party Bluetooth accessory will work - and even some of Apple's own won't, either.

In fact, Apple says exactly that in the support document that says people who have trouble connecting their Bluetooth accessories to the Vision Pro should contact the device's manufacturer for help.

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Apple confirms the Vision Pro's Mac Virtual Display feature does work with Intel Macs

Oliver Haslam | Feb 5, 2024 8:00 AM CST

The Apple Vision Pro is the biggest news of the year so far and it might remain that way for some time, too. Now that the headset is available to buy Apple has started to share new documents that outline some of its key features, how they work, and what users can expect. One of those features is the Mac Virtual Display, a feature that allows a Mac's desktop to be viewed and interacted with in 3D space.

Apple confirms the Vision Pro's Mac Virtual Display feature does work with Intel Macs

Previously, some had believed that Apple's Mac Virtual Display feature only worked on MacBooks which isn't the case, while it was also posited that a Mac running an M2-series chip was required as well. However, Apple's new support documentation confirmed that isn't the case, either, and that any Mac that can run macOS Sonoma can work with the Vision Pro just fine.

The support document, reported by MacRumors, explains that all Macs that run macOS Sonoma or later are good to go although those with Apple silicon inside do enjoy something that Intel-based Macs don't - 4K support. Those with an Intel Mac can use the Mac Virtual Desktop feature but only with up to a 3K resolution.

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Apple details Vision Pro's Optic ID security feature and how it protects your data

Oliver Haslam | Feb 5, 2024 7:30 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro headset is finally on sale after months of waiting since its June 2023 unveiling. The headset's launch brings with it a slew of new Apple support documents surrounding its various features and capabilities, with one of those being the Optic ID security feature.

Apple details Vision Pro's Optic ID security feature and how it protects your data

Optic ID is a security feature that works similarly to Face ID and Touch ID which means that any apps that support those features also support Optic ID without the need for developers to do any additional work. That's a key fact when we remember that there are more than a million iPad apps already available for the Vision Pro headset. Now, Apple has detailed the headset's security feature to confirm how it works and what it can do.

In use, the Optic ID feature is what the Vision Pro uses in order to authenticate the wearer and ensure that they are the person whose Apple ID is associated with the headset. That allows the Vision Pro to block access to apps and data if it doesn't believe that the person wearing it is its owner. Apple also notes that Optic ID is sued when authorizing Apple Pay purchases as well as signing into apps and accessing personal data.

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This Vision Pro trend might hint at what comes next for Apple's AR plans

Oliver Haslam | Feb 5, 2024 7:00 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro is now on sale and people are using the mixed reality headset across the United States right now. We're now beyond the Vision Pro's first weekend and we're learning more and more about it as more people spend longer with their new spatial computer. There are also a number of members of the press who are using loaners from Apple as well, and some of those have started to set something of a trend by taking part of the headset off and using it naked.

This Vision Pro trend might hint at what comes next for Apple's AR plans

That part is the light seal, a component that comes in a couple of different sizes to ensure that people have the right fit. It's designed to prevent light from leaking into the headset's view from around the wearer's eyes and face, all while also providing a cushion to ensure the Vision Pro's hard contours aren't in contact with the wearer's skin. But as some people seem to have figured out, removing that light seal does have its benefits.

As noted by CNET's Scott Stein and Inverse's Ray Wong, removing the Vision Pro's light seal allows for a lighter headset, making it less heavy against the wearer's face. It also has the added benefit of increasing the field of view as well - notable given the fact that some reviewers noted the Vision Pro's field of view is notably less than some competing headsets.

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Warm up that AirTag - Apple Vision Pro doesn't support Find My, so don't lose it

Oliver Haslam | Feb 3, 2024 11:36 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro headset is now on sale after months of waiting, and as people start to spend time with the product we're learning more and more about what it can and cannot do. Apple is also publishing new support documents detailing the headset's capabilities and it's one of those documents that has given us a surprising fact.

Warm up that AirTag - Apple Vision Pro doesn't support Find My, so don't lose it

A new support document has confirmed that the Apple Vision Pro does not fully support the Find My network. In fact, it's perhaps more accurate to say that it barely supports the feature at all with Apple saying that the only thing it can do is support is the ability to remotely lock the Vision Pro if it's lost.

That surprising news means that the Vision Pro, a headset that starts at a whopping $3,499, doesn't support any FInd My location features including the ability to locate the headset should it be lost. The headset doesn't even support the ability to make it make a sound for easier locating around the home, either.

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Apple Vision Pro durability tests are surprisingly positive but you might still want AppleCare+

Oliver Haslam | Feb 3, 2024 11:16 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro is now on sale and buyers in the United States are already sharing their first experiences with spatial computing and everything that it has to offer. But while most people are unboxing their Vision Pro and being as careful as possible not to damage it, not everyone is looking after it they way you might expect someone who just spent at least $3,499 to.

Apple Vision Pro durability tests are surprisingly positive but you might still want AppleCare+

In fact, one YouTuber decided that the best thing to do was to see how long it took them to break their new AR/VR headset - all in the name of science. The result is a video that might be hard to watch but does go to illustrate how durable a Vision Pro can be - even if it's far from indestructible.

In the video shared above you'll see a Vision Pro knocked against a wall to try and simulate what would happen if someone accidentally walked into something while wearing their new headset. The tests aren't perfect, but they're a decent starting point and it turns out that the Vision Pro holds up surprisingly well. If there's one weak link it appears to be the Vision Pro's speakers, with those suffering more than most other components following some hefty bangs.

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Apple details the Vision Pro's battery and what its indicator lights mean

Oliver Haslam | Feb 2, 2024 1:30 PM CST

Now that Apple's Vision Pro is available to buy the company is starting to share more details about how it works and as part of that it has begun to publish new support documents related to the headset. One of those documents gives us more information about the headset's battery and how it actually works.

Apple details the Vision Pro's battery and what its indicator lights mean

First spotted by MacRumors, the support document explains that the battery has a light that can be used to see the current battery charge state including whether it is fully charged. The light displays the charge state whenever the battery is connected to power, is moved, or is tapped while connected to power.

According to Apple, the battery's indicator light has three different states that can detail the current charge state while plugged into power.

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Apple warns Vision Pro owners that it could slow down in some situations

Oliver Haslam | Feb 2, 2024 1:15 PM CST

Apple's Vision Pro headset is now available to buy in the United States with prices starting from $3,499 for the 256GB configuration. As part of the launch Apple has started to publish more information about the headset and its capabilities on its website and now it's launched a new support document that goes into details about specific situations when the Vision Pro may limit its performance.

Apple warns Vision Pro owners that it could slow down in some situations

The support document, which was first reported by MacRumors, says that Vision Pro owners could notice performance reduction that will cause apps to run slower, the displays to run at a slower refresh rate, and more. The screens might even dim at times, too.

The report suggests that performance may be reduced in conditions such as when a battery has a low state of charge, is in a high peak power situation, or has become chemically aged. That last one is most likely to start to become an issue for Vision Pro owners in a few years and is unlikely to affect people at launch.

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Here are all the Disney+ 3D Movies you can watch on Vision Pro today

Oliver Haslam | Feb 2, 2024 12:30 PM CST

Apple's Vision Pro is now available to buy with those who placed their preorder early now likely receiving their headsets as of today. Those who placed an order for in-store pickup can also get their hands on their headset on the date they agreed when placing that order, too. And when those people finally slide their headset on for the first time, they can look forward to enjoying more than 600 Vision Pro apps. One of those apps will be the Disney+ app, and Disney has now shared a list of all the 3D movies that they can look forward to watching on their new headset.

Here are all the Disney+ 3D Movies you can watch on Vision Pro today

That list of movies includes some big hitters including various Marvel movies as well as the Avatar movies, Aladdin, Encanto, Finding Nemo, and many more.

Disney says that all of its 3D movies support Dolby Vision, 4K resolution, and HDR while some also support a higher frame rate than the rest as well. In total, there are 42 movies that support 3D streaming on the Vision Pro and we can expect more to be added in the coming weeks and months, too.

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