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Apple Releases visionOS 1.0.3 with Helpful Passcode Reset Option

Apple has continued rolling out software updates for its new Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset, addressing issues and adding new functionality. The latest update, visionOS 1.0.3, introduces an important feature for users who forget their passcode on the $3,500 device.

Apple Releases visionOS 1.0.3 with Helpful Passcode Reset Option

As detailed in a release note, visionOS 1.0.3 provides critical bug fixes and allows Vision Pro owners to reset their headset if they forget the passcode ("Apple Releases visionOS 1.0.3 With Reset Option for Forgotten Passcode"). Previously, a forgotten passcode meant those users needed to either visit an Apple store or ship their device to Apple for IT support to regain access.

The new software option removes that barrier. If a passcode is incorrectly entered too many times, the Vision Pro now displays a prompt offering to wipe the device - erasing all content and settings to be reset ("You no longer have to visit an Apple Store if you forget your Vision Pro passcode"). This at-home reset addresses what some called a "frustrating" limitation of the original software at launch.

Vision Pro Receives First Post-Launch Update

Announced in January 2024, the Apple Vision Pro began shipping to customers on February 2nd. Prior to that, Apple had released early updates visionOS 1.0.1 and visionOS 1.0.2 with minor bug fixes and security improvements ("Apple Releases visionOS 1.0.3 For Apple Vision Pro").

visionOS 1.0.3 represents the first update released since the Vision Pro went on sale to the general public. Its passcode reset option remedies a problem some early reviewers experienced when testing pre-release software. Now, forgetful users can regain access to apps, games and experiences from the comfort of their own home.

Apple is also currently beta testing visionOS 1.1, planned as the first major feature update. Set to introduce mobile device management for enterprises, it will allow Vision Pro owners to access company email, contacts and calendars while on the job ("visionOS 1.0.3 for Apple Vision Pro is now available [Release notes]").

How to Reset Apple Vision Pro Settings

For users seeking simply to restore default preferences without erasing content, Apple provides an easy procedure. Go to the Vision Pro's Settings app, tap General, then Transfer or Reset Vision Pro. Select the "Reset" option to access reset choices ("Return Apple Vision Pro settings to their defaults").

Resetting all settings will remove or reset network configurations, dictionary entries, location access, privacy controls and more to factory standards. Resetting just network settings removes only Wi-Fi and VPN profiles not installed via configuration profiles. And resetting the keyboard dictionary erases only custom words added while typing.

The update to visionOS 1.0.3 and addition of an on-device passcode reset helps address criticisms that the Apple Vision Pro experience involves too much "frustration" between the hardware limitations and initial software issues. By giving users more control locally, Apple streamlines usability - an important consideration for the $3,500 mixed reality headset's target prosumer audience.


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