Apple’s newly launched Imaginative and prescient Professional mixed-reality headset is in a curious place, with low gross sales within the current however (the corporate hopes) an enormous future forward of it as Cupertino’s pre-eminent computing platform. On this context, it’s comprehensible that Apple would possibly select to make use of the leverage of already dominant platforms just like the iPhone to nudge prospects in direction of Imaginative and prescient Professional and get them on board with the visionOS expertise.
In keeping with a brand new report, in reality, Apple plans to do precisely that later this 12 months, when it is going to redesign the iOS and iPadOS working programs that run on iPhone and iPad to feel and appear extra like visionOS.
Israeli information website The Verifier says (transformed from the unique Hebrew by Chrome’s built-in translator) it “realized a couple of weeks in the past that Apple is engaged on bringing components from the visionOS working system of the Imaginative and prescient Professional glasses into the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 updates.” It provides that “the visionOS working system is the mannequin that Apple [is using] to replace the consumer interface on the iPhone.”
The location doesn’t provide any indication of its supply for this idea. It additionally isn’t clear whether or not this transfer is meant to accustom customers to the visible mannerisms and conventions of the Imaginative and prescient Professional with a extra environment friendly interface or make sweeping visible adjustments with round icons and streamlined app designs. Both manner, it could be dangerous, doubtlessly alienating customers of the system which is by far Apple’s largest income for the good thing about one which is the very definition of area of interest. (Longtime readers will recall the livid pushback when Apple made important adjustments to the iPhone interface as a part of the iOS 7 replace. Customers, as a normal rule, dislike change.)
It’s not shocking that Apple would need to homogenize its working programs, however it needs to be identified, nevertheless, that there are query marks over the reliability of the report. The Verifier is a prolific reporter of Apple rumors however has a hit-and-miss relationship with the reality: AppleTrack at the moment assigns it an accuracy rating of simply 53.9 p.c, with quite a few unambiguous errors scattered by means of its observe file. Mix this spotty file with the shortage of a named supply on this case, and the shortage of corroboration from different sources, and the dangerous nature of such a transfer, and we’re skeptical concerning the possibilities of this taking place.
Nonetheless, WWDC is in June, and we are going to be taught extra about iOS 18 then. The brand new working system will roll out to iPhone house owners all over the world within the fall after a number of months of beta testing, so we nonetheless have an extended strategy to go.