Apple Vision Pro to Feature 'Travel Mode' for Better In-Flight Experience
Apple has an intriguing hidden feature for its Apple Vision Pro spatial computer in the first developer beta of visionOS. The feature, termed "Travel Mode," is specifically aimed at enhancing the user experience while on board an airplane.
Given that the cabin of an airplane with its enclosed space and unique environmental factors can be challenging for VR devices, Travel Mode seems to be Apple's solution for ensuring a smoother experience.
Travel Mode: The Breakdown
Within the first developer beta for visionOS, we've discovered several text strings which shed light on the functionality of this new feature. The key prompts 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.
- 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.
From these text strings, it is apparent that Travel Mode is designed to adapt the functionality of Apple Vision Pro for the specific constraints of an airplane cabin.
Disabled Awareness Features
One of the text strings indicates that "some awareness features will be off." This suggests that certain sensors and features which depend on spatial awareness might be turned off or scaled down. In an airplane, the proximity to other passengers and limited space could potentially cause these features to behave erratically or inaccurately. By disabling or limiting them, Travel Mode may help ensure that the user does not have an unpleasant or disrupted VR experience.
Digital Personas Unavailable
The phrase "Your representation is unavailable while Travel Mode is on" implies that Digital Personas might not be available in this mode. The exact reason is not clear, but it might be connected to the constrained space and the disabled awareness features, which might affect the accuracy and representation of avatars.
Gaze Accuracy Reduction
The text also mentions that "The current fit may reduce gaze accuracy." This could mean that due to the position you might take when seated in an airplane, the headset might not sit as precisely as usual, affecting gaze tracking. However, Travel Mode seems to acknowledge this and potentially makes adjustments to compensate for it.
Another interesting prompt is "Remain stationary in Travel Mode." This might be a safety measure to ensure that users do not inadvertently move around or make large gestures while on a plane, which could be dangerous or disturbing to fellow passengers.
Apple's Travel Mode for the Apple Vision Pro is an example of thoughtful innovation, adapting the device to work efficiently in different environments. This feature demonstrates Apple's attention to detail and commitment to ensuring a seamless experience for its users regardless of the circumstances.
As Travel Mode is still in beta, we expect further refinements and potentially more features before it's rolled out to the general public. Stay tuned for more updates as we keep an eye on the evolution of Apple Vision Pro's Travel Mode.