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iOS 17.2 Beta 2 with Spatial Video, iOS 18/macOS 15 postponed

Apple has released iOS 17.2 Beta 2 with support for Spatial Video and postponed iOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11 and tvOS 18.
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The current Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have several exclusive features. This also includes the ability to record 3D videos, called Spatial Video by Apple. You can then play the format on the Apple Vision Pro headset, which is scheduled to come onto the market in early 2024. The software is now ready: The latest iOS 17.2 Beta 2 is here and brings support for spatial video recording.

Anyone using iOS 17.2 Beta 2 will find a new item called “Spatial Video for Vision Pro” under Settings > Camera > Format. In the Camera app, the corresponding Vision Pro button will appear in the Video section. Spatial videos are recorded via the main and ultrawide cameras of the iPhone 15 Pro models in 1080p resolution at 30 fps. According to Apple, one minute of spatial video requires around 130 MB of storage space.

Apple iOS 18 and macOS 15: development is delayed

Apple has paused work on iOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11 and tvOS 18, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports. The development delay was necessary because the software team was given new priorities at short notice. First of all, errors in the current software for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, tvOS and Macs should be fixed.

Employees in Cupertino have been told to stop working on future versions. Instead, the focus is initially on fixing current errors and increasing software performance. Craig Federighi, head of software development at Apple, is responsible for the new development. Gurman said the software engineering team under Federighi found too many bugs that were missed during internal testing. The break is only expected to last a few days and Apple is expected to get development back on track by the end of this week.

The first M1 versions of iOS 18, iPadOS 18 and macOS 15 were completed last month. Until it is released, iOS 17.4 is expected to be the last major update for the current versions next March.

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Toni Hobrecht
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