Apple has just released the VisionOS SDK, which can be experimented with using Xcode on Mac. This software development kit provides intriguing insights into the platform, showcasing how users can utilize various features of VisionOS in different scenarios. Notably, Apple’s Vision Pro will introduce a Travel Mode to enhance the viewing experience, along with a Visual Search Mode capable of identifying objects, text, and more.
Beginning with Visual Search, the Vision Pro headset will possess the capability to recognize objects and text in its surroundings. Additionally, the headset will present relevant information about a particular item and grant you the ability to interact with text by copying printed text and pasting it into applications. Furthermore, you will have the choice to translate content in 17 diverse languages.
In addition to Visual Search, the Vision Pro will include an undisclosed Travel Mode. This mode is tailored for travel situations, considering the ambiance and environment in which you are engaged. For example, it will provide a dedicated mode for the confined space of an airplane cabin. Given the limited space available, VisionOS will present a variety of options to accommodate your needs. To access this mode, there are specific requirements that must be met. The Travel Mode will deliver functionality tailored to the constraints of limited space.
- 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.
- Remain stationary while this mode turns off.
- Some awareness features will be off.
- The current fit may reduce gaze accuracy.
- Turn on Travel Mode when you’re on an airplane to continue using your Apple Vision Pro.
- Your representation is unavailable while Travel Mode is on.
The VisionOS beta 1 has uncovered text strings that reveal when Travel Mode is activated, certain awareness features will be deactivated. This includes disabling specific sensors necessary for those features to function. Furthermore, the text suggests that your representation, such as avatars, will be deactivated and unavailable. Additionally, gaze tracking will be affected due to your adjusted position while seated. When Travel Mode is enabled, the Vision Pro will prompt you to remain still.
Please be aware that VisionOS is currently in its early beta stage, and the device is anticipated to be available for purchase in the early months of next year. This timeframe allows developers a few months to familiarize themselves with the new SDK and beta version, enabling them to refine their applications for the headset and ensure optimal performance.