From sci-fi to reality: Apple Vision Pro raises security concerns

  • The Apple Vision Pro offers a security in immersive experiences with Keeper Security.
  • Apple’s Vision Pro lets users have everyday adventures, but safely.
  • Apple Vision Pro introduces secure and convenient spatial computing.

The excitement around the Apple Vision Pro is palpable – it has to be to justify its price point. Users report finding both groundbreaking and sometimes bewildering ways to integrate this device into their lives. Even with its significant cost, like many Apple products before it, the Vision Pro has attracted many enthusiasts through its “science fiction today” feeling. As with the iPhone, plenty of companies had created precursor headsets before it. But Apple has brought together all the pieces in a coherent offering, and will probably revolutionize the market as a result.

The online community has showcased a wide range of scenarios where the Vision Pro has been donned, some displaying creative ingenuity – and others bordering on inappropriate or risky.

Introduced to the market just a week ago, the Vision Pro has already found its place in the everyday lives of its users. It’s become common to see individuals using the headset for various activities, including leisurely walks, public transportation commutes, and even skateboarding endeavors.

This trend persists despite Apple’s strong advisories against using the Vision Pro in situations requiring safety awareness. Ignoring these cautions, numerous individuals have been recorded navigating through bustling streets and engaging in various activities while wearing the headset.

Apple’s safety guidelines: navigating the real world with Vision Pro

So, get this: right after the Vision Pro hit the shelves, Casey Neistat, (Yeah, that YouTuber) decides to take it for a spin — literally. He’s cruising down the crowded streets of New York on his skateboard, Vision Pro and all. He’s out there showing everyone how you can turn those boring moments, like waiting for the subway, into something cool. Instead of just zoning out to music, why not catch up on some YouTube videos?

And then there’s the whole texting thing. Imagine you’re out there, typing away on this invisible keyboard, and to anyone passing by, you look like you’re just waving your hands in the air. It’s pretty hilarious when you think about it.

Specifically designed for air travel, the Vision Pro’s Travel Mode accommodates movement while turning off certain features like the 3D deepfake Persona. Apple advises removing the headset during critical flight moments and cautions about potential issues when looking through plane windows. This functionality suggests that using Vision Pro in moving vehicles is feasible, though it is designed to be stationary, as detailed by 9to5Mac.

A particularly concerning usage emerged in a video showing an individual driving on a busy highway in a Tesla, wearing the Vision Pro. This incident, among others, has elevated concerns about the device’s application, catching the attention of the US Department of Transportation at its highest echelons.

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg recently clarified on social media that despite their suggestive names, Tesla’s driving assistance features, including Autopilot and Full Self-Driving, do not equate to full autonomy. This statement was in response to a widely viewed video depicting a Tesla driver, hands-free, presumably engaging with a virtual reality interface akin to the Vision Pro’s.

Apple explicitly warns against the use of the Vision Pro while driving, emphasizing safety in its user guide by advising against its operation during vehicular movement or in any safety-critical situations.

A user testing out the Vision Pro in his Tesla - Apple security.

A user testing out the Vision Pro in his Tesla. (Source – X).

Apple envisions the Vision Pro being enjoyed in the safety and comfort of one’s home, away from potential hazards, advocating for a safe usage environment.

The company has been unequivocal about its stance on safety (except erroneously naming its modes to massively suggest they do more than they do, and trusting consumers to spot the hyperbole), cautioning users against engaging in dangerous activities while wearing the headset. Apple’s Vision Pro is intended for safe, controlled environments to prevent any risk of injury, advising against its use in potentially hazardous areas such as near stairs or windows.

It’s almost like no one at Apple has ever watched TikTok. The Vision Pro Challenge – coming to an ER near you, soon. You heard it here first.

Enhancing security with Apple Vision Pro and Keeper Security

When talking about cybersecurity rather than bodily safety though, Keeper Security has Vision Pro users covered. The company has announced a new feature for Vision Pro users that should allow secure and effortless access to applications on the device.

As we enter the era of spatial computing, merging physical and virtual realities, the importance of securing these interactions cannot be overstated. The Keeper Security integration with the Apple Vision Pro aims to provide a familiar, secure login experience across both traditional and spatial computing platforms, enhancing user experience through seamless access.

Keeper simplifies the process of accessing existing logins on the Vision Pro, making it as easy as downloading the Keeper app from the App Store and logging in. This feature is available to both individual and business customers, offering enhanced security and convenience across all devices, marking a significant step forward in spatial computing accessibility.

With the introduction of the Keeper application for the Apple Vision Pro, users are afforded the convenience and security Keeper is known for, paving the way for an exciting journey into spatial computing.

As we’ve seen, the Apple Vision Pro has already begun to redefine the boundaries between the digital and the physical worlds, sparking both fascination and debate. As users and developers continue to explore its capabilities, we can anticipate the emergence of even more creative and practical applications, further blurring the lines of what’s possible. The journey of the Vision Pro is definitely just beginning, and its true potential is only limited by our imagination and our commitment to navigating the challenges it presents.

And ideally, not walking out into traffic while wearing the device.