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Since Apple Vision Pro, the company’s newest and first 3D camera, was unveiled during the recently concluded WWDC event, people can’t get enough talking about its impressive features. The headset will not go on sale until early 2024, so what you can do for now is join conversations that talk about its capabilities. 

Some of its features trending in conversations now are its 4K micro OLED displays, eye and gesture tracking for navigation and control, 3D photo and video capture, Optic ID iris scanning, and so much more. Then there are also features that are coming out lately, such as the “Travel Mode.”

Apple Vision Pro’s “Travel Mode” feature is reportedly capable of making your economy flight feel like business class. This intriguing hidden feature of Apple Vision Pro is part of the device’s spatial computer in visionOS’ first developer beta. 

‘Travel Mode’ 

This feature is the ideal solution for travelers who feel uncomfortable with the airplane’s enclosed space and the other environmental factors around, ensuring them a smoother experience. 

MacRumors, a website that reports and aggregates news related to Apple, has been spending quite some time on the visionOS developer beta. 

The website uncovered some text strings that seem to reveal what users can expect while this “Travel Mode” is enabled. These text strings include: “Are you on an airplane?,” “If you’re on an airplane, you’ll need to keep Travel Mode on to continue using your ‌Apple Vision Pro‌,” “Remain stationary in Travel Mode,” and “The current fit may reduce gaze accuracy,” among others. 

These text strings only go to show that Apple Vision’s “Travel Mode” is designed to ease the passenger and the headset user’s constraints given the situation inside an airplane cabin. 


However, this “Travel Mode” feature in Vision Pro has a few caveats. For instance, since Apple Vision Pro is dependent on sensing the user’s movement and gestures to work, this may go in conflict with the limited motion they can do when inside an airplane where, most of the time, passengers stay stationary unless they want to hit other passengers. 

Also, “Travel Mode” means digital personas won’t be available, and the gaze accuracy will be reduced. It is not yet clear why, but it is still due to space constraints while inside an aircraft.

More from visionOS

Meanwhile, since visionOS is now available for developers, these individuals can start taking advantage of the groundbreaking features of Apple Vision Pro. 

Aside from “Travel Mode,” the headset also offers the “Complete HeartX” feature that can help medical students, especially during their clinical practice, by utilizing hyper-realistic 3D models and animations so that they can better understand and visualize medical issues, such as ventricular fibrillation.

Another is the “djay app” on the headset that enables a fully featured DJ system right at the user’s fingertips. 

Aside from those, there’s also the “Jig Space” for businesses and “PTC” for manufacturers. 

“Featuring visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system, Vision Pro lets users interact with digital content in their physical space using the most natural and intuitive inputs possible,” said Apple in its official news release. 

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