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Apple has added a new setting option in iOS 17.2 Developer Beta 1, which should soon be used for iPhones and the Vision Pro headset. This marks the Cupertino company’s continuous work to integrate Vision Pro into the iOS ecosystem, allowing the headset and smartphone to complement each other.
The new option is found in Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff. On the page, you’ll spot the new AirPlay Receiver section, which should allow you to “stream or share content from Apple Vision Pro to your iPhone.”
There will be a toggle button to activate the feature, showing you the option to allow AirPlay for “Everyone” or just for the “Current User.” Choosing the former will let anyone see and AirPlay to the device. There’s also an option to set up a password.
There is no documentation explaining how exactly the feature will work, but based on the simple descriptions shared on the update, it should mean that iPhones will be allowed to view content from Vision Pro.
This is interesting since an earlier statement from Apple alternatively suggested that users could soon use their iPhones to capture content for Vision Pro. The titan confirmed this, saying the new iPhone 15 Pro would get the ability to capture spatial videos “later this year.” The smartphone will reportedly employ its Ultra Wide and Main cameras to perform the task.
A previous rumor claimed the capability would be seen in the unspecified iPhone Ultra model through its powerful camera system. It should complement the Vision Pro’s camera system, which will be Apple’s first three-dimensional camera creation. As Apple noted, photos and videos shot using the headset will be immersive, explaining the need for a powerful iPhone camera to complement this. iPhone 15 Pro’s camera upgrades are the realization of this plan.
These recent revelations affirm supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s research claims in June, stating Apple’s plan to integrate the iPhone into the Vision Pro ecosystem would begin in the iPhone 15 line.
“Apple will aggressively upgrade hardware specifications to build a more competitive ecosystem for Vision Pro,” said Kuo. “The ecosystem is one of the key success factors for Vision Pro, including the integration with other Apple hardware products, and related main hardware specifications are Wi-Fi and UWB.”