Apple could launch ultimate iPhone to complement Vision Pro

A game-changing photo feature could be coming

Apple Vision Pro
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One of the most exciting features of the Apple Vision Pro is the ability to take "spatial" photos and videos - immersive 3D images captured with the headset's camera. But what about those of us who like to snap pictures on our phones? Well, it seems like Apple has that covered.

We are just days away from the launch of the iPhone 15, but of course, the Vision Pro won't launch until 2024, so what phone are we talking about? The iPhone Ultra of course. The almost mythical all-bells and whistles model supposedly making its debut with the iPhone 16 range. 

Rumours circulating on Weibo and spotted by MacRumors suggest that the iPhone Ultra could feature a 3D camera that can capture spatial photos and videos to be viewed in all their glory on the Vision Pro. Although there was no mention of whether the phone itself could display these spatial images or just capture them, this would still be a killer feature that really sets the Ultra apart from other iPhone models. 

iPhone 15 smartphone

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This makes a lot of sense. While it is no doubt expensive to put such a camera on a phone, the Ultra name does bring with it a certain price tag. In practical terms, it is must less awkward and accepted to shoot pictures in public places for example using your phone rather than a full headset. Similarly, with only two hours of external battery life, it makes more sense to have a longer-lasting and more portable equivalent.

Considering we don't have complete information about the Apple Vision Pro's capabilities, it's feasible that there could be further ways that the iPhone Ultra interacts with Apple's headset. Of course, to own both, you'll have to outlay a considerable amount of money. The headset is $3499 while an iPhone Ultra if it exists would probably still be over $2000. 

If you were hoping for an iPhone 15 Ultra then I hate to break it to you but most insiders believe that you will have to wait another year. There are expected to be four separate iPhone models this year. The iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.