Sharing your Apple Vision Pro with friends will be easy thanks to Guest Mode — here’s how
Apple aims to make it easy for everyone to get a glimpse of what its Vision Pro mixed reality headset is capable of. Dive deep into the first visionOS beta Guest Mode so you can pass on your expensive new headset to your friends and family while still keeping your personal data out of sight.
As seen 9 to 5 Mac, a previously announced Guest Mode was revealed in VisioOS’s first-ever developer beta that went live this week. Apple has since confirmed that the new feature will be included on its Vision Pro headset.
Guest Mode, as you probably already guessed from the name, will allow other users to interact with someone else’s registered Apple Vision Pro. It is a convenient feature since the functionality of the headset is connected to Optic ID, an authentication system similar to Face and Touch ID except that it registers the user’s journals. With Guest Mode, your friends and family won’t have to go through the time-consuming process of registering a fiber optic ID to take it for a spin.
And, most importantly, you’ll be able to control what they see. According to code reviewed by 9to5Mac, the owner can lock hidden and deleted photos behind Optic ID while another user is using the headset. The owner will also be able to set a password to allow others to access certain apps and settings without having to be unlocked with a fiber optic ID.
A purported screenshot of the shared Guest Mode on Twitter the pop-up message showed: “Let others use your Apple Vision Pro. Once started, the mode will be terminated if not turned on within 5 minutes.”
#visionOS Guest User Mode!!! pic.twitter.com/NVp7jXoLlKJune 21, 2023
It’s not the only previously unannounced feature mentioned within the first visionOS beta. A MacRumors report revealed signs of a Travel Mode specifically aimed at using the mixed reality headset on an airplane, which we saw shown in the announcement trailer but haven’t heard more details about since.
While Travel Mode doesn’t appear to be usable yet, a deep dive into the beta’s code suggests that it would disable or limit some of the headset’s awareness features while active. That makes sense given the limited conditions of your average flight. As the Vision Pro relies on sensing movements and gestures to operate, being packed into a tight space with hundreds of other people will affect its functionality.
Travel Mode also warns users to stay stationary, which makes no sense. Having a $3,500 headset strapped to your face that covers your eyes is likely to drive you around your fellow passengers at best and, at worst, be a real safety hazard.
It should be noted that visionOS is still in early beta, which means we could see changes to Vision Pro Guest Mode and other features before we get our hands on it. There’s no exact launch date for the Vision Pro at this time, but it’s expected to arrive in early 2024. While you wait, check out our Apple Vision Pro hands-on for our early thoughts on the headset, and the Apple Vision Pro hub for the latest updates.
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