Leaks and rumors regarding the Apple headset date all the way back to 2017, making it one of the most anticipated products coming from the business. But after years of conjecture, Apple has finally provided us with a real glimpse at the device it is now dubbing the Vision Pro during today’s keynote presentation at the WWDC 2023 conference.
The Vision Pro is a stand-alone headset that was designed to enable augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. It features a unique design and does not require a specialized controller. Instead, Apple intends to rely fully on speech inputs as well as hand and eye motions, which will be made possible by the utilization of several sensors and cameras located both internally and externally.
On top of that, Apple has developed a new function for the headset that it calls EyeSight. This feature makes use of the seamless curved display that is located on the exterior of the headset, and it allows other people to view the user’s reactions while they are wearing the device.
The Vision Pro is machined from a special aluminum alloy, and it features a digital crown that enables users to effortlessly alter the amount of immersion that they experience. The Vision Pro was designed to be as light as possible. In the meantime, the headband will be sold in three different sizes, each of which is designed to be flexible enough to fit a different type of head without sacrificing its ability to be cozy, comfortable, and simple to adjust.
In addition, the headband has dual-driver audio pods on either side that deliver spatial audio. These pods are integrated into the headband. An important component of the Vision Pro is an external battery that is wired to the headset in order to keep the overall weight of the headset to a minimum.
Apple claims that the Vision Pro’s optics, which include a dual 4K micro-OLED display and a proprietary three-element lens, produce a total of 23 million pixels, making it their most advanced wearable device ever. While the device’s interior is equipped with infrared cameras and LED illuminators, its exterior sports both LiDAR and conventional camera sensors in addition to typical camera sensors. Apple’s vision is what drives the complete headgear. It collaborates with the company’s new R1 chip and an M2 processor to produce what Apple says is a “lag-free” and responsive standalone performance.
In addition, you will still be able to interact with people or things located in the real world while making use of well-known applications such as Safari and others. Apple also claims that it is developing a new version of the App Store that is tailored particularly for the Vision Pro, which will serve as the primary method for downloading new augmented reality and virtual reality content. In addition, Apple states that despite the fact that the Vision Pro was developed for use in the home, owing to updated versions of well-known applications such as FaceTime, the headset is also an excellent tool for collaboration for those who are traveling.
Having said that, in contrast to a conventional video conversation, users of Vision Pro will be represented by something that Apple refers to as a “Persona.” A Persona is a digital representation of the user that is formed by combining data from the sensors on the headset with a newly developed machine-learning algorithm. In the meantime, people who want to get more serious work done can create a more traditional desktop arrangement by combining the Vision Pro with a Magic Keyboard and Trackpad. This combination is available for purchase separately.
The Vision Pro comes equipped with Apple’s first 3D camera, which is another one of its many features. Apple claims that the camera may be used to capture memorable moments with additional depth information and that it can also make it evident when a person is filming footage or when they are not capturing footage.
Alternately, if you just want to use the headset as a fancy method to watch TV or movies, there is a mode that is dedicated to watching films on a virtual screen that is up to 100 feet wide. If you choose this mode, you can watch videos on the virtual screen. When it comes to gaming, Apple claims that the Vision Pro is compatible with more than one hundred different games from the Apple Arcade collection. Additionally, the headset has the ability to be coupled with a PlayStation 5 or Xbox One controller depending on the user’s preferences.
During WWDC 2023, Apple also revealed a partnership with Disney, which promised new experiences for Vision Pro. Some of these new experiences include improved ways to view shows on Disney+, augmented reality demos for basketball games, and other similar experiences. However, despite the fact that it seems that many of these demos are still in the process of being developed, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the Disney+ app will be available on Vision Pro when the service first launches.
In conclusion, in order to guarantee that the Vision Pro is compliant with Apple’s security standards, the headset is gaining a whole new authentication system called Optic ID. This system makes use of a person’s iris in order to unlock it and sign them into the device. In addition, Apple asserts that the data collected by Optic ID is not only properly encrypted but also only stored locally, and that information on where a user glances will not be shared with any third-party applications or websites.
At some point early in the new year, the Vision Pro is scheduled to go on sale for the price of $3,499.