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Apple is finding ways to allow its iPhones to complement the upcoming Vision Pro headset. According to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company has plans to integrate iPhone into the Vision Pro ecosystem, saying it will begin in iPhone 15 line, which will have a better Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip.
Vision Pro headset is expected to arrive next year, but it is already gaining fame among tech enthusiasts and Apple fans. Apple wants to sustain this good image by allowing the headset to work with future models of iPhones, such as the iPhone 15 line. As per Kuo, Apple aims to do this using an improved UWB chip in iPhone 15 models.
“iPhone 15 will likely see an specification upgrade of UWB, with the production process moving from 16nm to more advanced 7nm, allowing for improved performance or reduced power consumption for nearby Interactions,” Kuo shares.
Aside from iPhone 15, the analyst also says in his post that Apple will include Wi-Fi 7 support in iPhone 16, which is also aimed at making the devices compatible with Vision Pro. In general, Kuo explains that introducing the changes will pave the way for a pleasing Vision Pro ecosystem experience.
“Apple will aggressively upgrade hardware specifications to build a more competitive ecosystem for Vision Pro,” adds 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.”
On the other hand, there’s also a possibility that Apple will introduce this integration to other accessory devices (aside from Vision Pro) in the future. In a recent patent, Apple details a VR headset-like accessory with a receptacle to hold an iPhone that will serve as the screen. There are still no additional details about it that will clarify Apple’s true plans for the headset. Yet, the direct use of an iPhone for the headset is a strong indication that Apple is serious about using its smartphone offerings in VR headsets in the future.