Top Stories: visionOS SDK, iOS 17 Beta 2, and More

It's been two weeks since WWDC wrapped up, and this week saw Apple release the second round of betas of its upcoming operating system updates introduced at the conference, plus the initial release of developer tools and a simulator needed to allow developers to build apps for the Vision Pro headset.

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This week also saw another iPhone 15 rumor while we continue to dig into all of the changes in iOS 17, so read on below for a few tidbits we've seen over the past week!

Vision Pro Developer Tools Now Available With New visionOS SDK

Apple this week released a visionOS SDK, allowing developers to start creating apps for the Vision Pro headset ahead of its launch in early 2024. Apple has also made a visionOS simulator available in Xcode 15 beta 2 on the Mac that offers an emulated Vision Pro experience.

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The visionOS developer tools are available for Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com.

Starting in July, developers will also be able to apply for a Vision Pro developer kit and have the opportunity to attend developer labs in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Video: A First Look at visionOS for the Apple Vision Pro

On our YouTube channel, we have shared a video offering a first look at the visionOS simulator in Xcode. The simulator provides access to apps like Safari and Settings, Control Center, and more.

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The simulator offers a much more limited visionOS experience than will be available on the actual Vision Pro, but it provides a preview of what to expect when the device launches to the public early next year.

Everything New in iOS 17 Beta 2

Apple made the second beta of iOS 17 available to developers this week for testing. As usual, there are a handful of smaller changes in the beta, so check out our list of everything new.

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iOS 17 developer betas are available to anyone with a free Apple developer account, and a public beta will be available in July. The software update will be released later this year for the iPhone XS and newer.

Kuo: iPhone 15 to Have Upgraded Ultra Wideband Chip for Enhanced Vision Pro Integration

Apple's next-generation iPhone 15 models coming later this year will be equipped with an upgraded Ultra Wideband chip for enhanced compatibility with the Vision Pro headset.

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iPhone 11 models and newer are equipped with a U1 chip for spatial awareness. The chip helps to power features such as Precision Finding for AirTags, directional AirDrop, handing off music to a HomePod, and more.

iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma Add Passkey Support to Your Apple ID

Starting with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, users with an Apple ID will automatically be assigned a passkey, allowing them to sign into their Apple ID with Face ID or Touch ID instead of their password on various Apple sign-in pages, like iCloud.com.

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Passkey support for Apple IDs will also be available for third-party apps and websites that support the "Sign in with Apple" feature, according to Apple.

5 New AirDrop Features Coming in iOS 17

Since its introduction in iOS 7, AirDrop has become the favored way for iPhone users to instantly share photos, videos, documents, and more to nearby Apple devices with relative ease.

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Given its widespread popularity, the feature hasn't changed all that much over the years. But this year, Apple is stepping things up a gear by bringing several new capabilities to AirDrop that make it even more useful.

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Top Rated Comments

Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
13 months ago
The visionOS SDK is the most exciting news
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anthogag Avatar
13 months ago
I "can't wait" for :apple: to release the public betas.
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Akrapovic Avatar
13 months ago
iOS17 beta feels a little faster, seems to use less battery (Dev beta 1 was using a LOT) and the keyboard seems faster and smoother to appear. Quite a large jump from Dev Beta 1.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
segfaultdotorg Avatar
13 months ago
The iBackpack with the built-in AirTag isn't a top story? Sad!
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Realityck Avatar
13 months ago

The visionOS SDK is the most exciting news
While it's exciting to see Apple push in this direction, the way you do things traditionally for mobile and desktop for VisionOS to act as substitute is going to be challenging.

Remember this is Apple's first attempt at spatial computing (3D interface). The concept of your interface is floating in front of you requires you to think in 3D, because before you had windows/volumes, now you added spaces which is a view that you can rotate and look at it from different directions.

The big question for the future is how advanced with this extension to iOS/IPadOS development become? Will consumers acceptance to working with spatial computing be more popular then what the iOS and iPadOS provides now? Can they ever provide multitasking of many things occurring in different spaces all at the same time that it compares to what UNIX provides? Probably too many questions, we have a whole year to see how VisionOS matures. :cool:
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Powerbooky Avatar
13 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/06/24/top-stories-visionos-sdk/')

iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma Add Passkey Support to Your Apple ID

Starting with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, users with an Apple ID will automatically be assigned a passkey ('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/06/20/ios-17-macos-sonoma-apple-id-passkey/'), allowing them to sign into their Apple ID with Face ID or Touch ID instead of their password on various Apple sign-in pages, like iCloud.com.

Passkey support for Apple IDs will also be available for third-party apps and websites that support the "Sign in with Apple" feature, according to Apple.

Article Link: Top Stories: visionOS SDK, iOS 17 Beta 2, and More ('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/06/24/top-stories-visionos-sdk/')
And MacRumors still doesn't use "Sign in with Apple".

Please ditch the "Log in with (we mine everything from you) Facebook".
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