Apple has unveiled the Apple Vision Pro, an augmented reality headset that “seamlessly” combines the physical and virtual worlds. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, said of the gadget, which resembles a pair of ski goggles, “It’s the first Apple product you look through, and not at.” It has a separate battery pack and can be operated with the voice, hands, or eyes, as has been rumored. Early in 2019, it will go on sale for $3,499 and debut in the US market before expanding to other markets.
A dial on the Vision Pro allows users to alternate between full virtual reality and augmented reality.
You explore rows of app icons in an operating system called visionOS without using the device’s controller. Apple claims that “hundreds of thousands of familiar iPhone and iPad apps” will function that way by default. You can tap to pick and flick to scroll, as well as use voice commands. Additionally, the headset allows you to connect your Mac and supports Bluetooth peripherals like the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. Even if your hands are resting low to your body, cameras that face downward can still record them.
The headset includes an aluminium frame with a glass front and five sensors, 12 cameras, a 4K display for each eye, and what appears to be a fan-cooled microprocessor. Apple claims that the cloth-lined, modular headset mask (which it calls a “Light Seal”) and strap (which it calls a “Head Band”) can bend to accommodate a range of face shapes and head sizes. You may switch out various sizes and types of bands for the Head Band, which is ribbed and goes around the back of your head.
For people who wear glasses, Zeiss has developed personalised optical inserts that magnetically fasten to the lenses. It connects via a “supple woven cable” and includes an external battery that lasts up to two hours. You may slip it into your pocket or use it all day by plugging it into external power. Apple claims that the display would have an unmatched level of sharpness and be capable of 4K video.
The system makes use of an M2, but it also has a brand-new R1 microprocessor.
Apple assures you that you are not disconnected from those around you. With a feature called EyeSight, the headset will show your eyes, and if you’re using full virtual reality, a bright screen will cover them to indicate you’re not available. Additionally, it scans your face to create a digital “persona”—basically a hyperrealistic avatar. In addition to projecting 3D things into actual space, including dragging objects out of a message thread into the real world, the gadget uses passthrough video to enable you see the real world in all its vibrant colour.
You can utilise spatial audio to arrange FaceTime participants as “video tiles” around the room when you’re chatting to folks who are located distant. Additionally, a 3D camera can be used inside the headgear to record and “relive” 180-degree footage. Apple is promoting premium content from Disney as well as TV and arcade games on the headset.
The headset has apparently seen numerous modifications and years of delays while being developed for years. Even though it will enter a market that hasn’t taken off, it has received plaudits from industry insiders and is intended to be CEO Tim Cook’s distinctive addition to the Apple product portfolio. Its main rival will probably be Meta, whose general-purpose Quest Pro headset has received less favourable reviews than its games-focused Quest 2 headset.