Vision Pro's uncanny valley Personas are already getting an upgrade, Apple says

Vision Pro Persona
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Apple's Vision Pro was announced during a WWDC 2023 event on Monday and we're still digesting everything relating to the hotly-anticipated headset. One of the things shown during the event was Personas, and it appears that Apple isn't finished with them yet.

Personas will be created when the Vision Pro headset scans the wearer's face and they'll be used for things like FaceTime calls. They do look a little on the uncanny valley side of things, but Apple says that there are already upgrades planned — although it remains to be seen whether we should expect an improvement in how a user's face will appear.

What we do know is that the new, so-called Spatial Personas, will allow people to show more than their heads, with hands also getting in on the act.

Persona upgrades

This is all according to Apple's Platforms State of the Union video, as spotted by MacRumors. According to that video, Apple intends Spatial Personas to make it appear that people in FaceTime calls are all together rather than having them appear in tiles as we're used to.

Apple says that Vision Pro users will be able to "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."

The Spatial Personals will be available in FaceTime including SharePlay, with a  developer preview expected to be ready later this year. Apple hasn't made it clear whether they will be ready for the Vision Pro's release in early 2024, however.

The Vision Pro headset beat many people's expectations when it was finally announced, but at a $3,499 starting point and just a two-hour battery life when not connected to power, it could be a hard sell for this first-generation product.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.