In a monumental stride, Apple has launched iOS 17.2, presenting iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users with a game-changing feature: spatial video recording. This innovative addition allows users to capture their cherished moments in three dimensions, paving the way for a captivating experience on the forthcoming Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality headset.
Utilizing both the main and ultrawide cameras, the iPhone captures footage that is stored as a unified file within a designated "Spatial" album in the Photos app. The seamless integration with iCloud ensures that these videos sync effortlessly across users' devices. Captured in 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, spatial videos promise to redefine the way memories are preserved and relived.
Enabling spatial video recording is as simple as toggling on "Spatial Video for Apple Vision Pro" within the Camera section under Formats in the Settings menu. Apple recommends holding the iPhone in landscape orientation for optimal results during filming.
While these spatial videos can be viewed on any iPhone or compatible device, they'll appear as standard 2D videos, emphasizing the exclusive experience on Apple Vision Pro.
Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, expresses enthusiasm, describing these videos as "magical" and a trailblazer in setting new standards. He emphasizes how this feature elevates the iPhone's exceptional camera capabilities and foreshadows the immersive experiences awaiting users with the AR/VR headset's launch next year.
As part of the iOS 17.2 rollout, Apple has not only introduced spatial video recording but also debuted the Journal app, revamped the Apple TV app, and introduced a convenient method to access Health app data via Siri, reinforcing its commitment to innovation and enhancing user experiences across its ecosystem.