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thatsmyfish

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Hi all,

Just to confirm a couple of points to make sure I’m on the right page.

I have a Mac Mini connected external drive that holds a large amount of my media, which I stream to iPads using Infuse or the TV app. Am I correct that at present, unless I use something like Plex, I’m unable to access this content on Vision Pro?

Second question - I access this Mini using an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and a 3rd party Bluetooth mouse. It’s my understanding that I wouldn’t be able to use this mouse if I accessed the computer through the Vision Pro, right? That’s what I’d need a trackpad for?

What’s the general range on using that computer with the Pro if I did have a trackpad and need one? In other words, am I limited to the Bluetooth connectivity between device and Mini, or as long as the Vision Pro is connected to the Mini does the Bluetooth feed through the Vision Pro in front of me?

Thanks!
 

dwhite601

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I'm not sure I understand what your asking, but

I haven't tried it my self yet, but I saw a video where someone viewed their Mac through the Vision Pro and moved his cursor onto Vision Pro apps using wireless devices connected to the Mac. Perhaps this is similar to how the process works on iPads.

I've also read that many Bluetooth keyboards will work directly on the Vision Pro. Track pads work as well, but not mice.

I don't know why the Vision Pro is scared so of mice ;)

David
 

thatsmyfish

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I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to access homesharing from the Vision Pro, or if I’d be restricted to whatever was owned through Apple or was streamed in from a service.

On the second I guess I’m asking if I bought one, if I’d only be able to use my Mac Mini if I purchased a trackpad (or if I could physically sit at it and use a Bluetooth mouse) and how far I’d be able to walk away from it. If I brought the keyboard and mouse to a different floor, would they need to connect to the Mini downstairs or just the Vision Pro on my face.
 

DMG35

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As of now the only way to see your non Apple media is through connecting to your Mac. I would assume this will be rectified in a software update.
 

BanditoB

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The keyboard and trackpad must be connected to your Mac mini, so you would need to stay fairly close to the Mac. There is no relay of the Bluetooth signal through the AVP.
 

thatsmyfish

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The keyboard and trackpad must be connected to your Mac mini, so you would need to stay fairly close to the Mac. There is no relay of the Bluetooth signal through the AVP.
What’s the general range on that?

This is what I don’t get. If I have a Vision Pro on and I’m sitting at my computer and I’m in passthrough, and I have my keyboard and mouse in front of me, if I’m using a Bluetooth mouse, how would it not work If it’s connected through the computer? Why would I need a trackpad?
 

Roadcrew

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I have a Mac Mini connected external drive that holds a large amount of my media, which I stream to iPads using Infuse or the TV app. Am I correct that at present, unless I use something like Plex, I’m unable to access this content on Vision Pro?
There's no special reason you wouldn't be able to do so. It's basically the same as an iPad in terms of what apps it can run, with the caveat that the app author can uncheck the "also build for Vision Pro" box.

Second question - I access this Mini using an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and a 3rd party Bluetooth mouse. It’s my understanding that I wouldn’t be able to use this mouse if I accessed the computer through the Vision Pro, right? That’s what I’d need a trackpad for?
You can use any keyboard/mouse connected to the Mac and it will work (including using them with other AVP apps). On the other hand, if you're using input devices connected to the AVP via Bluetooth, you can use any keyboard but can only use the Magic Trackpad (non-removable-battery version) instead of any mice. Nobody knows why there's this weird requirement at the moment.

What’s the general range on using that computer with the Pro if I did have a trackpad and need one? In other words, am I limited to the Bluetooth connectivity between device and Mini, or as long as the Vision Pro is connected to the Mini does the Bluetooth feed through the Vision Pro in front of me?
If you're using a Bluetooth device connected to the computer, it's going to be device<->computer<->AVP in terms of how the connections work.
 

thatsmyfish

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So in other words, if I’m sitting at my computer using Vision Pro to extend the screen, and use my bluetooth mouse, I’m golden. If I bring the keyboard and mouse into the kitchen and work from the island, I just have to be in Bluetooth range of the computer in the other room. If I try to connect a mouse directly to the Vision Pro to use directly with the Pro, it has to be a trackpad?
 

Roadcrew

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So in other words, if I’m sitting at my computer using Vision Pro to extend the screen, and use my bluetooth mouse, I’m golden. If I bring the keyboard and mouse into the kitchen and work from the island, I just have to be in Bluetooth range of the computer in the other room. If I try to connect a mouse directly to the Vision Pro to use directly with the Pro, it has to be a trackpad?
Yes to all.

There's actually a toggle in the settings that references the Magic Mouse specifically even though you can't actually use it with the AVP right now, so I think it's likely the trackpad requirement is hiding some kind of mouse-related bug and that it'll get opened up to generic Bluetooth mice at some point.
 
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