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Apple Vision Pro will work with many Bluetooth devices — But not all of them. Here's what you can and can't use with Apple's new headset.
As with the iPhone, iPad or Mac, Apple has given users the ability to wirelessly connect Bluetooth devices to the Apple Vision Pro. You can do a lot using just a headset, but adding more elements to the setup can help make it more flexible for users.
However, while Bluetooth is nearly ubiquitous, not every accessory will work with a headset from the moment it's released.
Apple has confirmed the types of hardware that will work with Apple Vision Pro from the start, simplifying the process for users trying to decide what else they can buy or use with their new purchase.
AirPods and Beats and other audio accessories
You can use the Apple Vision Pro's built-in speakers, but if you need privacy and features like active noise cancellation, you'll want to connect Apple-made audio devices.
All current AirPods, as well as Beats headphones and headphones, are compatible with Apple Vision Pro. If they're already paired with the same Apple ID used with the headset, they can automatically connect by fitting into the user's ears.
Apple specifies that for the best lossless audio quality and ultra-low latency, you should use second-generation AirPods Pro (currently sold on Amazon).
While Apple clearly favors its own products, you can still add a variety of other standard Bluetooth headphones and headphones to the Apple Vision Pro. This is done by using the device's pairing mode and accessing Bluetooth in the Settings menu, just like many other devices pair with a headset.
However, keep in mind that any accessories you use must work within the different bands that Apple Vision Pro uses. Using the wrong accessory may cause discomfort.
Hearing assistive devices
Hearing aids and other devices that can help hard of hearing people use Apple equipment can also be used with Apple Vision Pro. All hearing aids with the MFi designation will work fine, and Apple added that some models from Phonak, IQBud and Poco are also compatible.
This type of hearing device can be connected by putting it in pairing mode and then turned on by opening Settings, then Accessibility, and then Hearing Devices.
Keyboards and Trackpads
The headset includes support for most Bluetooth keyboards for improved performance. Apple says this applies to many third-party keyboard manufacturers, as well as some of its own.
Apple's own Apple Vision Pro keyboards are not compatible with models that use removable batteries, only those with built-in batteries that cannot be removed. This excludes Apple's original wireless keyboard and the first Magic Keyboard to run on AA batteries.
Not only the keyboard is compatible with the headset, but also the Apple Magic Trackpad. However, Apple reiterates that older options with removable batteries will not work.
Although Apple Vision Pro uses hand tracking and doesn't come with its own controllers, you still can connect gaming equipment to the headset.
All MFi certified controllers will work with Apple Vision Pro just like they do with iPhone or iPad. This also includes major game controllers for the Xbox and PlayStation console lines, many of which are currently on sale on Amazon.
Not mice, at least not directly
One The only thing Apple explicitly states that won't work with the Apple Vision Pro is Bluetooth mice. The Move Cursor tool cannot be associated with Apple Vision Pro and cannot be used in applications running on the head-mounted hardware.
There is a caveat: you can still use mice if you use Mac Virtual Display.
If you connect to a Mac that has Bluetooth or a wired mouse connected, and you connect Apple Vision Pro to that Mac to view the display, you can use that Mac's keyboard and mouse as usual. . However, you can also move the cursor outside the Mac's virtual display into other Apple Vision Pro app windows.
It's not as ideal as connecting the mouse directly to the Apple Vision Pro itself, but it works in a pinch.
Potentially, other devices will be able to connect to Apple Vision Pro in the future
As a new product, Apple will limit Bluetooth compatibility to a set of basic accessory types to ensure this. works great. It's likely that as Apple Vision Pro ownership grows and becomes more demanding, Apple may allow more types of Bluetooth devices to connect.
Also, keep in mind that the above list is not exhaustive, and Apple may have quietly included support for some unusual types of Bluetooth-based hardware. You won't break the Apple Vision Pro by connecting a device it can't use, so it's at least worth trying to connect other items you hope to use to Apple's new computing platform.