Apple Reality Pro may offer offer air typing - and you won't need to pair an iPhone to use it

The text input feature is reportedly being tested on some internal prototypes
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The details regarding Apple's alleged mixed-reality headset continue to emerge, with a new report indicating that the final headset could offer "in-air typing" and won't require a paired iPhone to work.

As with most recent speculation, this latest scrap of information comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who suggests that the text input feature is being tested on the latest internal prototypes. 

In their Power On newsletter, Gurman states that air typing is currently proving "finicky", working by tracking the user's eye movements and hand gestures. Apple hoping to make rapid improvements following the device's full release, Gurman says, which is expected later this year.

Perhaps even more interesting than this nugget is the fact that the headset might not require an iPhone in order to actually work - making it much more accessible, at least in this sense, than the Apple Watch.

Citing unnamed sources, Gurman explains that Apple headset will be independent of the iPhone and still able to access a user's iCloud data if needed. As noted in the newsletter, though, having an iPhone handy may still be a good option for its keyboard, given the challenges Apple appears to be experiencing with in-air typing.

Of course, even at this stage, in which an Apple announcement is reportedly coming at WWDC, we're still taking a lot of these reports with a pinch of salt. The use case for Reality Pro still isn't really fleshed out, after all - and we expect plenty of what we're hearing at the moment is only half the story.

Still, stay tuned to all the latest reports and whispers; the picture will no doubt become clearer as we venture further into 2023.

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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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