Vision Pro to Get Even More Human-Like 'Spatial Personas' for FaceTime

Apple's new Vision Pro headset can scan a user's face and use advanced machine learning to create a photorealistic "Persona" of them for video calls. And in a future visionOS update, these avatars will become even more realistic.

Vision Pro Spatial Personas

Spatial Persona on Vision Pro

In its Platforms State of the Union video for developers this week, Apple announced that it is working on "Spatial Personas" that will allow Vision Pro users to "break out of the familiar FaceTime tile and feel more present, like they are gathered in the same physical space." Spatial Personas will have a transparent background and be able to display more movement and body language for a more lifelike experience.

Vision Pro Persona

A regular Persona on Vision Pro

Spatial Personas will be available on FaceTime calls, including for SharePlay sessions.

"In a SharePlay session, Spatial Personas let you feel present with others in a way technology has never enabled before," said Apple, in a related WWDC video. "You can look your friends in the eye, express yourself naturally with movement and body language, and best of all, enjoy a shared activity together using your app."

Apple said a developer preview of Spatial Personas will be available later this year, but it did not indicate when the feature will be publicly released. Vision Pro does not launch until early 2024 in the U.S. and will be priced at $3,499.

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Top Rated Comments

myusernamedoesnotmatter Avatar
16 weeks ago
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 weeks ago
This is an impressive forward-thinking technology but I'm not a fan of 3D Spatial Personas'. It just looks creepy. No matter who it's going to be. It will always remind me of Zuckerberg.

Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChromeAce Avatar
16 weeks ago
By all means let’s combine “Spatial Personas” with “Personal Voice” and then our AI-generated images and sounds can just talk to each other over FaceTime long after we’re dead.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frou Avatar
16 weeks ago
Has everyone forgotten that these would be called "deepfakes" until recently?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mystery hill Avatar
16 weeks ago
It’s creepy that we all interact with each other via text in this virtual forum so often.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
16 weeks ago
This thing in 5 years is going to be... shockingly good. Damn. I can't believe this is only Gen 1.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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