The company has had internal discussions about diagnosing and treating mental health issues, The Information reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
The $3,500 headset could be used to measure facial expressions, detect depression, anxiety or stress, the people added. If such emotions or actions were detected, it could show images or sounds that could boost the person’s emotions, the news outlet added.
A person’s affect, the way they express feelings or emotions, could also be measured by the device’s eye-tracking features and cameras. Other potential use cases involve sensing weight fluctuations, pupil dilation or evaluating movement, potentially useful for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.
Apple (AAPL) did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Seeking Alpha.
Externally, Apple has talked up the device for media and entertainment purposes.
Assuming Apple (AAPL) markets the Vision Pro for medical purposes, it would need clearance from regulators. The tech giant has continued to push further into healthcare, however, in recent memory.
At its developer conference in June, Apple showed off new mental health features as part of iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10. The company also brought the Health app to the iPad.
The company also announced a new Journal app as part of iOS 17, slated to be released later this year.
In April, it was reported that the company was working on a health coaching service powered by artificial intelligence and mood tracker, with the service – internally known as Quartz – designed to urge users to exercise, have better eating habits and improve sleep
Apple (AAPL) is slated to report fiscal fourth-quarter results on November 2.