visionOS – The magic of the extended software and hardware symbiosis

The added value of Vision Pro is to visualise content three-dimensionally as virtual worlds or to augment the real world with digital elements. An improved input method with the help of gestures instead of touchscreen, keyboard or mouse, on the other hand, does not result for many use cases. Therefore, apart from video games, fitness and entertainment, XR will only achieve a breakthrough if the XR applications can be seamlessly integrated into the users’ lifestyles and augment them in a meaningful way. This requires integrating the advantages of existing interaction technologies and enhancing them with the possibilities of extended reality. It is specifically these challenges that correspond to Apple’s great strength in building a holistic ecosystem of software and hardware. To some extent, Apple has already demonstrated this with Airdrop, Handoff, Sidecar and AirPod Automatic Switch.