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The Apple Vision Pro might have a name problem ahead of its Chinese launch

Oliver Haslam | Feb 7, 2024 8:45 AM CST

The Apple Vision Pro is now on sale in the United States and it has been for almost a week. There are still questions over when the headset will go on sale globally however, with some reports suggesting that a release in the United Kingdom, Canada, and China will take place within the next few months. Apple has yet to confirm that of course, but a new report suggests that there may well be an issue with the Apple Vision Pro name in one of those countries.

The Apple Vision Pro might have a name problem ahead of its Chinese launch

That country is China, with the report noting that while supply chain sources suggest that the Apple Vision Pro could launch in the country soon, it might not actually be called that. That's all thanks to a trademark situation that Apple may come up against.

The news comes via an IT News report which notes that Huawei successfully applied for the trademark of Vision Pro back in May of 2019. The company was granted a 10-year trademark from November 2021 to November 2031. With that in mind, the Apple Vision Pro could have an issue - especially considering the fact that Huawei's patent covers LCD TVs, head-mounted virtual reality devices, radio equipment, and more.

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visionOS 1.1 beta allows Apple Vision Pro owners to reset headsets with forgotten passcodes

Oliver Haslam | Feb 7, 2024 7:45 AM CST

The Apple Vision Pro has now been on sale for almost a week and that means that we are starting to learn more and more about Apple's first foray into the world of spatial computing. One of the things that we found out recently is that the Apple Vision Pro, running the latest available visionOS software, doesn't offer a way to reset the headset should the owner forget their passcode. That means that the only way to reset the device once it has been locked by someone entering the passcode too many times is to take the device to an Apple Store.

visionOS 1.1 beta allows Apple Vision Pro owners to reset headsets with forgotten passcodes

That of course means that people could be left with no way to get their new $3,499+ AR/VR headset to work without reaching out to Apple. That's particularly problematic if these people don't have a local Apple Store to which their headset can be taken. Reports have already suggested that Apple's support teams are being inundated with reports of this issue and were quite unprepared for the problem to arise. Now, it appears that Apple is in the process of changing the way visionOS behaves to stop this from happening.

9to5Mac reports that code spotted in the visionOS 1.1 beta shows that Apple has added an option that allows users to erase all data on the Apple Vision Pro when they forget the passcode used to unlock the headset. The change means that those who don't know their passcode need no longer take their headset to an Apple Store to get it reset.

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The first visionOS 1.1 software beta allows Apple Vision Pro owners to pull 3D objects closer

Oliver Haslam | Feb 7, 2024 6:45 AM CST

The Apple Vision Pro headset has now been on sale for a few days and the headset now has its very first beta software update that has been made available to developers. That software, visionOS 1.1, can be downloaded and installed by those who are registered developers right now and Apple has shared details about what changes have been made.

The first visionOS 1.1 software beta allows Apple Vision Pro owners to pull 3D objects closer

Among a number of improvements, Apple notes that it has changed the way that the Apple Vision Pro handles 3D objects. Specifically, The visionOS 1.1 software update allows people to bring 3D objects closer to themselves than ever before, a change that could be vital if the headset's wearer is interacting with those objects such as when playing games and using other object-oriented apps.

Those who are not developers should definitely avoid installing the visionOS 1.1 beta, however. There are no ways to downgrade without involving Apple which means that problems could crop up if users experience bugs or other wonkiness during Apple Vision Pro usage.

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Apple issues warning over irresponsible Apple Vision Pro use

Jak Connor | Feb 7, 2024 6:30 AM CST

A viral video of an Apple Vision Pro user wearing the headset while driving a Tesla Cybertruck has sparked concerns about the proper use of the newly released headset.

Apple issues warning over irresponsible Apple Vision Pro use

The now-viral video made the rounds on various social media platforms and even resulted in the transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, taking to X to remind everyone that all advanced driver assistance systems available today require the human driver to be in control and fully engaged in the driving task at all times.

These warnings from the transportation secretary were backed up by Apple, which pointed to its user guide that states that Vision Pro users need to be aware of their surroundings at all times and "Never use Apple Vision Pro while operating a moving vehicle, bicycle, heavy machinery, or in any other situations requiring attention to safety." Furthermore, ChannelNews reports that Apple is introducing a travel model that enables limited functionality during plane movement.

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Apple's new visionOS 1.1 beta brings big Apple Vision Pro Persona improvements

Oliver Haslam | Feb 7, 2024 6:00 AM CST

The Apple Vision Pro has now been on sale for a few days and people have been putting the Persona feature through its paces. Dubbed a "beta" the Personal feature creates a 3D representation of the headset's wearer that can then be used in FaceTime calls and more. Now, Apple has released a new visionOS 1.1 beta software update and those who have already installed it have already started to report improvements.,

Apple's new visionOS 1.1 beta brings big Apple Vision Pro Persona improvements

Those who have installed the visionOS 1.1 update noted that the Apple Vision Pro required that their Persona be recreated and the finished product does appear to be an improvement. And while some would argue that the result is still just the wrong side of uncanny, improvements are clearly being made. And we can likely all agree that these Personas are better than any of the more cartoon-like alternatives used by other headsets and software.

People have been taking to X, the social network previously known as Twitter, to share screenshots of their Persona with some also sharing before and after images to make it easier for people to compare.

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Apple Vision Pro survives 8-foot drop onto the ground, still works with shattered front

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 6, 2024 6:03 PM CST

Apple's expensive new Vision Pro headset has been drop tested because that's what you do with your new $3499 headset... right? That's exactly what YouTuber AppleTrack, aka Sam Kohl, did; check out how the VIsion Pro fares when it's dropped in his video below:

Apple Vision Pro survives 8-foot drop onto the ground, still works with shattered front

The new Apple Vision Pro headset packs a light seal that blocks light from coming into the headset and ruining your experience, but as Kohl notes, if you hold your Vision Pro by the light seal, the risk of dropping your expensive new headset is easy because of the magnetic attachment not being strong enough to hold the weight like that.

Kohl dropped his expensive new Apple Vision Pro headset from around 6 feet high, and the headset didn't crack. There were some scratches and small damage, but no fractures. The aluminum and downward-facing cameras weren't damaged from a drop of this height; however, the left speaker on the Vision Pro was damaged.

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Don't forget your Apple Vision Pro passcode - it'll be a huge hassle if you do

Oliver Haslam | Feb 6, 2024 1:00 PM CST

If you are one of the lucky ones who have picked up an Apple Vision Pro since launch day on February 2, you might want to write down your passcode in case you forget it. We wouldn't normally suggest that such bad security and privacy practice is something you should do, but then again we've never come across a situation like the one that Apple has created here, either.

Don't forget your Apple Vision Pro passcode - it'll be a huge hassle if you do

The situation could see your new Apple Vision Pro become useless, after all. That's according to a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman which says that Apple Vision Pro headsets become unusable if their owner forgets their passcode - and the only way to get things back up and running again is to visit an Apple Store. What's more, the Apple Store's fix is to wipe the headset, and all of its data, and have owners set them up afresh.

The situation comes about thanks to Apple's security features doing what they're supposed to do, but in the case of the Vision Pro, they actively disable the headset after a passcode has been attempted incorrectly too many times. And where other Apple devices can be reset if required, the Apple Vision Pro doesn't have such a luxury.

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The Apple Vision Pro could launch outside the US as soon as April

Oliver Haslam | Feb 6, 2024 12:45 PM CST

The Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset is now finally on sale, but only if you happen to be in the United States. The headset went on sale on February 2 with preorders having gone live in January, but there has so far been no official confirmation of when those outside of the United States should expect the spatial computer to arrive on their shores. Now, a new report might have shed some light on Apple's plans.

The Apple Vision Pro could launch outside the US as soon as April

That's after a report by Asia's Wall Street News was picked up by IT Home. The original report cited unnamed supply chain sources when it said that the registration process for the Apple Vision Pro at China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is almost complete. That means that Apple is getting all of its ducks in a row ahead of the big release, although the certification is unlikely to be the only thing that Apple is waiting for here. The report goes on to suggest that Apple is likely to launch the headset in China no later than May, although April was also suggested as a possible launch window.

This news comes following a previous report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman which hinted that Apple could launch the Apple Vision Pro in additional countries sooner rather than later. He also said that Apple is thought to be leaning toward bringing the headset to China, Canada, and the United Kingdom as part of its second-phase rollout.

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Video of reckless Tesla driver using Apple Vision Pro headset behind the wheel goes viral

Darren Allan | Feb 6, 2024 11:34 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro has been making waves of one kind or another since its launch, and here's one very much in the misuse category for the mixed reality headset - namely wearing one while driving.

Video of reckless Tesla driver using Apple Vision Pro headset behind the wheel goes viral

Yes, we've had a sighting of someone who has bought the expensive headset, and then used the hardware while driving a Tesla - you can see the filmed evidence in the above tweet.

Of course, the Tesla does have Autopilot on, but as you doubtless realize, that's considered a driver assistance feature, not an autonomous driving function. In short, you still have to be paying full attention in your Tesla while using it.

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Apple's expensive, revolutionary new Vision Pro gets the iFixit teardown treatment

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 5, 2024 9:09 PM CST

The first thing you want to do with your new Apple Vision Pro after you've plonked down $3499 on it is rip it to pieces and see how it ticks. Right? That's exactly what the team at iFixit did, tearing down the technology-heavy Apple Vision Pro headset. Let's go.

Apple's expensive, revolutionary new Vision Pro gets the iFixit teardown treatment

The journey begins using a simple SIM eject tool, where you start taking apart the Apple Vision Pro headset with the regular heat gun, some prying, screws all over the place, brackets, connectors, and more. iFixit says that the Apple Vision Pro headset is too complicated to cover in detail in a single video, promising more videos that will show "just how deep this rabbit hole goes".

iFixit says that the strangest thing with the Vision Pro is "the thing that makes it most uniquely Apple: it's got a big shiny bubble glass front, which makes it stand out from the aluminum- and plastic-shrouded competition, even when it's off. And when it's on, it's even stranger-instead of being fully transparent, behind the glass, an odd lenticular screen displays a 3D-ish video of the user's eyes, emulating their gaze. Apple calls it the EyeSight display, and when the user is looking at you, it kind of, sort of, almost looks like you can see through smokey glass".

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