Apple Announces visionOS 2 With Ultra-Wide Mac Virtual Display, Travel Mode on Trains, and More

Apple today announced visionOS 2, the first major update to the Vision Pro's operating system. The first visionOS 2 beta is now available for Apple Developer Program members, and the update will be released to the public later this year.

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visionOS 2 includes a range of new features and changes, such as a redesigned Photos app with SharePlay support, the ability to turn existing 2D photos into spatial photos with machine learning, new hand gestures for frequently used features like Home View and Control Center, a larger ultra-wide version of Mac Virtual Display that is equivalent to two 4K monitors side by side, and support for a physical mouse.

visionOS 2 also adds a basic feature that was missing on the Vision Pro at launch: the ability to rearrange apps and place them wherever you want.

Travel Mode gains support for trains on visionOS 2, while the Guest User option can now save a guest's eye and hand data for 30 days.

visionOS 2 includes new APIs and frameworks for developers of Vision Pro apps, such as HealthKit for health data and TabletopKit for tabletop games.

Apple's press release outlined some additional visionOS 2 features, such as AirPlay receiving mode and systemwide Live Captions:

- While in Safari, users can watch videos in an Environment, including on popular sites such as YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon. While scrolling through webpages, users can tap on panoramic photos and immerse themselves as the image wraps around them. Siri can also read and speak the content of a webpage while users multitask.
- The Apple TV app brings support for multiview to Apple Vision Pro for the ultimate sports-viewing experience. Later this year, fans will be able to watch up to five simultaneous streams so they can keep track of all their favorite sports and teams.
- To help users achieve calm and focus, the Mindfulness app includes a new capability called Follow Your Breathing that presents dynamic visual animations and sounds that respond to the user’s breathing patterns.
- Systemwide Live Captions help everyone — including users who are deaf or hard of hearing — follow along with spoken dialogue in live conversations and in audio from apps.
- Users can view content on their Vision Pro with AirPlay from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Apple also announced that the Vision Pro will be launching in eight additional countries by mid-July, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK, China, Japan, and Singapore. The headset first launched in the U.S. in February.

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chrono1081 Avatar
2 weeks ago
Can someone explain what they mean by “travel mode now supports train”? I’m not sure what travel mode would do on a plane that would be different than a train.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
2 weeks ago

Very much looking forward to the ultrawide virtual display for Macs.
Amen. That is incredible... particularly that they stated "ultra wide at higher quality." The words were something like " 2 4K monitors side by side" in talking about the ultra-wide portion... but then they tacked on that "higher quality" view which sounds like sharper image... and something about the Mac doing the processing to deliver the higher quality view. Assuming they deliver, that's where 4K per eye could really shine vs. competitor offerings with 1080p per eye. I bet a super ultra-wide through lower res lenses would not look nearly as crisp.

I work on Mac for many hours each day on a 5K2K ultra-wide monitor. I could never go back to formers like iMac 27" or similar. That much wider screen R.E. is just so incredibly useful. I regret not going there long before I did.

However, when I hit the road, it's a productivity crash if I try to do work on a tiny little 16" screen. This appears ready to bring a much larger ultra-wide on the road too. And that seems fantastic for those road warriors who are more productive on big screens but obviously can't carry a physical ultra-wide with them wherever they travel... nor has one at the ready wherever they happen to stop.

I look forward to checking this seemingly great new benefit out too. I hope the reality lives up to the hype.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tyr2 Avatar
2 weeks ago

Can someone explain what they mean by “travel mode now supports train”? I’m not sure what travel mode would do on a plane that would be different than a train.
Travel mode didn't work properly on a train before because the moving landscape seen through the windows would confuse the positional tracking.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xraydoc Avatar
2 weeks ago
Very much looking forward to the ultrawide virtual display for Macs.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mercury895 Avatar
2 weeks ago
VisionOS really needs the iPhone mirroring ability. Also, it is strange that Apple Intelligence was not mentioned as supported by the Vision Pro.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
2 weeks ago
We’re getting another environment! Finallllly. Lol.

They didn’t talk about how some of the stock apps got updated. Lol.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)