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Apple has applied for a patent for its Apple Headset Continuity feature, which would allow users to transfer documents and audio seamlessly between devices, including the much-anticipated Reality Pro headset.
The feature is part of Apple’s broader Continuity feature, which allows users to switch between devices with ease. While this feature already exists, the new patent will enable users to use a slick interface to transfer files to a headset.
Patently Apple first spotted the patent application, which describes the ability to open a document on the headset using a gesture.
For example, a user drafting an email on their smartphone can place it in the field of view of an XR device, such as a tablet or head-mounted system, and continue drafting the email in an XR environment created by the XR device. The headset will then identify the document, find it on iCloud, and open it on the headset.
The Reality Pro headset is said to include an “in-air typing” feature that would allow users to work on documents in a similar way to existing augmented reality keyboards. Instead of a laser image, the virtual keyboard would only be visible to the wearer of the headset.
The patent also describes how the Handoff feature, which allows users to transfer music from their iPhone to a HomePod, could be achieved via the headset.
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For example, a user using an XR device in a physical environment that includes a smart speaker device and the user’s smartphone may look at or gesture toward the smart speaker device. Responsive to the user’s detection of the smart speaker by the XR device, a song that is playing on the user’s phone can be transferred to play on the smart speaker device.
While the patent application may seem like a small feature update, it highlights Apple’s commitment to expanding the capabilities of its devices and creating a more seamless user experience across its product line. With the Reality Pro headset on the horizon, it’s clear that Apple is continuing to explore new ways to integrate its devices and create a more integrated ecosystem for its customers.