Device Info

Cyclops can run on any iOS device from 2020 onwards.    Cyclops is a professional app and will perform better on newer devices. For the best experience we recommend an iPad Pro.


2020 or newer iPad or iPhone. (A12 processor) 
iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, or newer


iOS Hardware:
We recommend iPhone Pro & iPad Pros for Cyclops.  The Pro models feature a LiDAR sensor which allows for Cyclops to create holdout geometry on-the-fly.  It also offers superior tracking and ground detection.  Additionally, the Pros have more RAM memory which is very important for being able to open large scenes in Cyclops.   If you are just placing assets with Cyclops then a non-Pro device should be sufficient, however, we recommend devices with an A12 or better processor.

iPhone vs iPad
We designed Cyclops with the screensize of the iPad in mind.  Cyclops works on an iPhone, but does feel a little crampped.   We recommend that if you are planning to use Cyclops in a production situation, on location, or on-set, you’ll have a better experience with an iPad.  
However, the one advantage of an iPhone is that its camera has a wider field of view.  This allows you to match the FOV of wider cinema lenses.

Cyclops uses GPS to help with alignment.  Unfortunately, iPads that are not capable of cellular/mobile are missing the GPS chip.  We recommend using a cellular/mobile capable iPad.  Thankfully, you don’t actually need to have a sim-card in the iPad for it to be able to use the GPS.   As long your iPad has the cellular/mobile feature the GPS will work properly.   This is not a concern on an iPhone as they all have the GPS chip.

Active Data Connection
For the most part, you can use Cyclops without an active data connection to the internet.  However, there are a few things that require internet access:

  • Downloading new content to Cyclops.  Once the content is downloaded and stored on your device, you do not need to be connected.
  • The World Anchoring System requires the internet to load and save World Anchors. 
  • Help menu buttons open internet pages to retrieve the help content.
  • Maps Mode, or loading any Map Scene, requires a constant internet connection


  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services: On (if this is not turned on, Cyclops will crash)


  • Settings > Display & Brightness > True Tone: Off
  • Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock: Off or as long as you can make it.
  • Settings > Accessibility > Display & Text > Auto-Brightness: Off

One of Cyclop’s main features is that all you need is an iOS device.  This means you can use it whenever and wherever you want. However, if you plan to use Cyclops all day while on-set, then it is beneficial to have a few accessories.

Cyclops is power-hungry and can drain the internal iPad battery in less than 2 hours if running continuously.  We recommend having 1-2 USB batteries on hand to avoid issues.  We recommend batteries that can do at least 18W and deliver at least 5V/3A or 9V/2A in at least 20000mAh capacity.

We recommend using a rugged rubber drop-proof case with a shoulder strap like these from Amazon. We sometimes use the hand strap to hold a USB battery.

These are examples only, please check that any case is compatible with your device before ordering.

Some folks have found that having the iPad in a professional camera-type “cage” case with handles makes it easier to handle while on-set.  We recommend this one from SmallRig
Note: Handles are sold separately and you can also get a battery holder for it.

Screen Protector
If you will be using the iPad outdoors we recommend you get an Anti-glare filter/screen protector for your iPad.  This will help eliminate glare on the screen.

Game-style controllers are very useful when using Cyclops as a Vcam or virtual scouting.  However, we generally don’t use controllers when using Cyclops on-set or location.  Cyclops supports any MFi-compliant controller.  Below is a partial list of controllers that will work with Cyclops:
  • Razer Kishi
  • Gamevice
  • Xbox
  • Nintendo Joy-Cons (iOS/iPadOS 16 only)