Apple would prefer that new owners of its brand new Vision Pro brand headset are enjoying their “space computer” from the comfort of their home, hopefully while they are on the couch and away from spike pits or other video game type traps. Of course, that doesn't stop usually attention-hungry internet users from pretend to flip through apps while driving your car. Apple may not like it, but there are people showing how they use their Apple Vision Pro in some non-standard and extremely dangerous ways.
The Cupertino, California-based company has been pretty explicit: It doesn't want anyone doing anything dangerous with their headset. On the VisionPro support page, Apple explicitly warns its users against any action with the headset that could cause simple injury. The company says its headset is “designed for use in controlled, safe areas, on a flat surface.” So don't think about using the Vision Pro on or even near stairs, balconies or even windows. Despite how some reviewers released their Apple-branded augmented reality To cut certain mushrooms in the kitchen, Apple said users should stay away from “sharp objects” or “excessive heat sources.” And, of course, Apple doesn't want you to use it while driving a car, riding a bike, or operating heavy machinery.
Today, Apple has tried to curb people's worst impulses, although it's unclear how well the company has fared so far. VisionOS code seen by 9to5Mac mentions that the headset should alert users and limit its capabilities if it thinks the owner is moving too fast. This should appear as a “Moving at dangerous speed” message, at least according to the visionOS code.
A video by YouTuber Casey Neistat begins with him cruising the busy thoroughfares of Manhattan wearing a Vision Pro and riding an electric skateboard. According to the visionOS code, this would likely cause most of the headset's functionality to shut down. Another video shows that when he boards a New York subway, the window he closes falls as the train moves off. The headset then displayed the error message “Tracking Failed”.
“There's nothing that the sensors can lock onto,” Neistat said, but added – seemingly without irony – that “standing at a subway station watching a video of Mr. Beast is an experience quite special.” The YouTuber really, really shouldn't go anywhere at high speed with a Vision Pro. If the device turns off after a power outage, it turn off all its display and relay capabilities.
The Vision Pro has a Travel Mode it's explicitly designed for use on an airplane. This allows the device to work on the go, although it disables 3D deepfake Persona capabilities and a few other features. Apple asks users to remove their Vision Pro during takeoff and landing and still tells them they could have problems if they look out the plane's windows. This feature may be why some users claim they can use the Vision Pro in a moving vehicle, even though, according to code seen by 9to5Mac, this still requires you to remain stationary.
An Instagram account showed the Vision Pro working while in the passenger seat of a car. Instead of falling – like Neistat’s window – the windows seemed to stay in place.
In response to Gizmodo's request for comment, an Apple spokesperson pointed to the company's existing Vision Pro safety guidelines, particularly how it says to “never” use it with a vehicle . The company has not said whether it prohibits customers from using Travel mode when not on a plane.
Apple has restricted the Vision Pro in several other, shall we say, “sensual” ways. Of course, there are already sex tech apps running on the Vision Pro. Sex toy company Lovense has been promoting its new app that lets users function control their vibrators or Fleshlights with a dedicated Vision Pro app. Still, it seems Apple is a lot more restrictive for those who want to get their usual fix of pornography. Still, users came away annoyed that Vision Pro allegedly prevented them from watching porn.
If you are one of the few who remember the film directed by Steven Spielberg Ready Player One movie adaptation, even hero Wade Watts makes sure to use his VR outfit in a closed environment. Things are much more dangerous when he is thrown into a van during the film's climax. We haven't yet come close to the fidelity of this other “metaverse,” although some people have found a few unique ways to use the Vision Pro much more safely.