Yes, Apple’s Vision Pro headset is the cool new gadget on the block, and people want to use it in all sorts of different scenarios, including public ones, both to show off, and see what it can do. We’ve already seen people driving cars or crossing the street while wearing the Vision Pro.
And even though the Vision Pro has passthrough video, meaning you can see what’s going on around you while wearing it, it’s still a device that should exclusively be used in safe environments, where there’s little chance of endangering yourself or others.
Apple has several documents explaining how to safely use their Apple Vision Pro, but it appears some users haven’t really read any of that. We’ve put together a (non-exhaustive) list of the stuff you definitely should not do while wearing the headset.
Do not: Wear the Vision Pro while driving a car
This one should be quite obvious: Not only is wearing a headset while driving a massive distraction, but Apple’s passthrough video does have a small delay, meaning you’ll see things later than they happen in real life.
And yes, this applies even if you’re driving a car with some autonomous driving capabilities, like a Tesla.
If you need any more convincing, here’s what Apple officially says on the matter:
“Never use Apple Vision Pro while operating a moving vehicle, bicycle, heavy machinery, or in any other situations requiring attention to safety.”
We hope that’s settled.
Additionally, wearing the Vision Pro can cause motion sickness; we’re not sure how often it happens, but Apple has a separate help document regarding this particular scenario. If this happens, you should wait while the condition wears off before you start driving.
“Wait until symptoms have subsided before doing anything—such as walking or driving a car—that requires balance, coordination, or attention to safety,” says one of Apple’s support documents.
Do not: Wear the Vision Pro while running
Moving fast while wearing the Vision Pro is generally not a good idea, especially if you’re the one doing the moving. This is why Apple doesn’t recommend running with the headset on.
“Be aware that the risk of collision may be increased when you’re moving at higher speeds. Don’t run while wearing Apple Vision Pro,” says Apple in a support document.
And while we haven’t found explicit mentions of it, based on Apple’s recommendations on running, driving, and riding a bicycle, we reckon that it’s probably not safe to wear the Vision Pro while riding a motorbike, a golf cart, or simply operating any vehicle that’s moving faster than walking speed, either.
Do not: Use the Vision Pro in unsafe locations
A certain degree of common sense will be required here, but if you’re in a place where you could easily fall or hit something, using any sort of eye-covering headset is not the best idea.
“Always remain aware of your environment and body posture during use. Apple Vision Pro is designed for use in controlled areas that are safe, on a level surface. Do not use it around stairs, balconies, railings, glass, mirrors, sharp objects, sources of excessive heat, windows, or other hazards.”
Do not: Wear the Vision Pro while intoxicated
Wait, this is one that you should probably avoid even when not wearing the headset — everything in moderation, folks. But if it so happens that you’re high or inebriated with alcohol, you should definitely not use the Vision Pro. Per Apple’s guidelines:
“Don’t (…) use it while intoxicated or otherwise impaired.”
Do not: Use the Vision Pro while having a medical condition
Certain preexisting medical conditions, as well as medical devices, don’t play nice with the Vision Pro. Per Apple’s guidelines:
“Avoid using Apple Vision Pro if you feel unwell. If you are pregnant or have a preexisting medical condition, such as migraine headaches, an eye or vision condition, an inner ear condition, or a psychological condition, be aware that using Apple Vision Pro or certain experiences may aggravate your symptoms, or increase the risk of injury or discomfort.”
Furthermore, there’s a possibility that the Vision Pro or its battery could interfere with your medical device.
In both cases, if you’re unsure, you should consult your physician before you continue using the headset.
Apple has a detailed support page on using the Vision Pro with certain medical conditions; check it out here.
Do not: Give the Vision Pro to children under 13 to use
Apple is pretty clear on this one. “Apple Vision Pro is designed to fit and be used by individuals 13 years of age and older, and should not be used by children under the age of 13.”
Apple adds that “children ages 13 years and older should be supervised by an adult while using Apple Vision Pro.”
Do not: Use the Vision Pro for too long
Yes, it’s your cool, new toy. But you should really consider taking a break from the Vision Pro every now and then, especially if you’re experiencing fatigue.
Here’s Apple’s say on the matter: “Extended periods of use may increase your risk of discomfort or injury. Take regular breaks, even if you don’t think you need them, to give yourself time to adjust to Apple Vision Pro and new experiences. Stop using it immediately if you feel unwell or experience discomfort, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, numbness, eyestrain, eye pain, or a change in vision such as blurred or double vision. After using Apple Vision Pro, make sure you are feeling reoriented to your environment before engaging in activities that require balance, coordination, or spatial awareness. If any symptoms persist, consult your physician before resuming wear.”