Apple Releases Third Beta of visionOS 2 for Developers

The Apple visionOS 2 logo

Apple has released the third beta of visionOS 2 to developers, marking the latest update in the development of the operating system for the Apple Vision Pro headset. This release comes two weeks after the second beta and includes several notable features and improvements aimed at enhancing user experience and developer functionality.

Developers can access the new beta by opting in through the Software Update section in the Settings app, provided their Apple ID is associated with a developer account.

The Apple visionOS 2 logo

Among the highlights of this update, visionOS 2 leverages advanced machine learning to transform 2D photos into immersive 3D images. This feature aims to add depth to photos, making memories more lifelike and engaging.

Additionally, the update introduces new hand gestures for activating the Home View and Control Center, with customizable Home View options allowing users to rearrange apps. Travel Mode now includes support for trains, and Guest User profiles are saved for 30 days, streamlining the setup process for returning users.

Later in the year, the Mac Virtual Display feature will support higher resolution and larger-sized virtual displays, equivalent to two 4K monitors side by side. The update also enhances AirPlay functionality, enabling the Vision Pro to serve as an AirPlay receiver, allowing content from iPhones, iPads, and Macs to be shared directly to the headset.

The Mindfulness app has also seen improvements, with the ability to track and respond to breathing patterns using the headset’s camera, enhancing the meditation experience. Furthermore, visionOS 2 now supports Bluetooth mice, expanding its utility for various applications.

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