Apple Vision Pro Mindfulness App May Get 'Respiration Tracking' Feature

Apple is working on a new "respiration tracking" feature for Apple Vision Pro that is likely to be functional during mindfulness sessions, based on backend code discovered by MacRumors.

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Contributor Aaron Perris found references to the previously unheard-of feature in lines of code related to the headset's Mindfulness app, which offers users an immersive meditation experience using either guided meditations or self-guided sessions.

Apple's Mindfulness app essentially encourages the user to cultivate awareness of their own breath to support mental wellbeing. Attention to breathing is generally considered to be a foundational component of mindfulness practice, and long-term mindfulness training is associated with reliable differences in resting respiration rate, according to empirical research.

Apple Watch can already track respiration rate while wearers are sleeping. Apple Watch uses its built-in accelerometer, which measures vibration and movement, to determine how many times a person breathes each minute. While the Vision Pro also has an accelerometer, it's unclear whether this hardware or sensors that track changes in facial musculature would be involved when a mindfulness session is in progress.

There's no information suggesting if or when the feature could make an appearance, but Apple is expected to announce visionOS 2 at its annual developers conference, WWDC, which begins next week, June 10.

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Karma*Police Avatar
3 weeks ago
I didn’t use this feature on my AW when I had it on all day. Can’t imagine too many people putting on a bulky headset to do this. For many people who are serious about mindfulness/ yoga/ meditation, it’s an opportunity to get away from technology and distractions of the world to find inner peace, not look at some hallucinogenic effect through goggles.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thewill586 Avatar
3 weeks ago
MacRumors needs something to post everyday.
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nfl46 Avatar
3 weeks ago

This interface for the Vision Pro looks really, really cool. Except, doesn’t everyone close their eyes during meditation?

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has actually tried this, if they can relax with the weight of the thing on their head.
Yep, I can. I’ve gotten use to the weight of it now. It doesn’t even bother me. Then again, I’ve been using VR headsets since the Oculus Quest in 2019 so it’s not fair for me to comment on that. Lol. I’ve been through the VR journey and the AVP has so much untapped potential! It’s all up to Apple to give up updates with new features. All we’ve gotten so far are bug fixes that most users don’t even notice.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bobbie424242 Avatar
3 weeks ago
I've been waiting for this all my life and will immediately buy an AVP exclusively for it !
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
3 weeks ago
This interface for the Vision Pro looks really, really cool. Except, doesn’t everyone close their eyes during meditation?

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has actually tried this, if they can relax with the weight of the thing on their head.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
3 weeks ago
This seems like an overkill device for mindfulness practice


I didn’t use this feature on my AW when I had it on all day. Can’t imagine too many people putting on a bulky headset to do this. For many people who are serious about mindfulness/ yoga/ meditation, it’s an opportunity to get away from technology and distractions of the world to find inner peace, not look at some hallucinogenic effect through goggles.
This ^
Well said @Karma*Police
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)