Vision Pro Personas and EyeSight Improving With visionOS 1.1

Apple will soon release the first major software update for the Vision Pro, and the new version of visionOS will bring improvements not only to Personas, but also to the EyeSight feature.

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Personas and EyeSight are Vision Pro additions that many people have poked fun at since the headset's release. Personas are a digital representation of the user that's shown in video calls, while EyeSight uses an external display to show the Vision Pro wearer's eyes if there are other people in the room. Personas and EyeSight are aimed at making the Vision Pro less of an isolating experience, but neither has been particularly well-received.

As we've previously shared, the visionOS 1.1 beta makes Personas look more realistic, and Apple's release notes provided with the ‌visionOS‌ 1.1 release candidate offer more insight. Specific improvements have been made to hair and makeup appearance and neck and mouth representation, and these tweaks make a big difference.

The update also apparently improves rendering of the eyes for EyeSight, which isn't something that was previously noticed during the beta testing period. EyeSight draws on the Persona feature to capture a person's eyes to show on the external display. Presumably the EyeSight feature now looks somewhat better on the Vision Pro headset, but that it's gone so under the radar suggests Apple still has more work to do.

Other new features in the update include improvements for the virtual keyboard and the Mac virtual display.

‌visionOS‌ 1.1 will be officially released as soon as this week.

Related Roundups: visionOS, visionOS 2
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User 6502 Avatar
19 weeks ago

I still love my original persona and even fooled some people FaceTiming
Were they visually impaired people by any chance?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ryanmp Avatar
19 weeks ago

This has been a laughable disaster since day one. Cracks, buggy software....typical of a Tim Cook Product
This type of comment “cracks” me up. what do you mean buggy software? My 3 or so weeks with AVP have been solid, experienced very few issues. Even the 1.1 betas have been great.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PTVMan Avatar
19 weeks ago

This has been a laughable disaster since day one. Cracks, buggy software....typical of a Tim Cook Product
You describe an experience with AVP that thousands of users have not had. And why the silly, uninformed, cheap shot at Tim Cook. When was the last time you ran one of the world's largest corporations?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
19 weeks ago
I still love my original persona and even fooled some people FaceTiming
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lift Bar Avatar
19 weeks ago
This image for this product triggers a visceral, almost disgusted reaction in me. It's unprecedented in Apple's lineup, strikingly odd and inhuman. It's shocking that such an image comes from the world's top marketing department and not from a horror-themed episode of Black Mirror.

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Macaholic868 Avatar
19 weeks ago

This has been a laughable disaster since day one. Cracks, buggy software....typical of a Tim Cook Product
Cracks reported by an incredibly small number of users when compared to the estimated overall device sales so far, generation one software bugs that Apple has been fairly quick to address producing 3 non-beta releases of visionOS so far with v1.1 about a week out (which also fixes bugs while making some noticeable improvement to two areas that were rightfully criticized in the persona and eye sight features and which adds additional functionality on top of that as well for those needing to manage a large number of devices).

What exactly did you expect with the initial release of the product? Perfection on both the production line and in the software it ships with right out of the gate? If so you’re barking up the wrong tree with just about any product breaking the kind of new ground and introducing a paradigm shift for a company in the way that the VisionPro is for Apple. For their first stab at an immersive AR/VR device and OS I’d say they’ve done a good job so far assuming we’re going to see additional improvements in visionOS v2.0 that will debut at WWDC.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)