Apple’s Vision Pro finally made its much-anticipated debut at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), which kicked off on June 5, marking a company milestone as it enters the mixed reality market.
During the event, several leaks and rumors surrounding the device were debunked as it was revealed that “Reality Pro” was a placeholder name and that the reported $3,000 price tag was actually $3,499.
Vision Pro is what Apple calls the “first spatial computer,” seamlessly blending augmented reality with virtual reality.
“Through a tight integration of hardware and software, we designed a standalone spatial computer in a compact wearable form factor that is the most advanced personal electronics device ever,” explained Apple’s Vice President of Technology, Mike Rockwell.
When it comes to the device’s specs, Visual Pro houses 23 million pixels across two micro-OLED screens. It’s powered by a dual-core version of the M2 chipset, as well as a new R1 chip that processes information from a dozen cameras, five sensors, and six mics.
The device comes with an external custom battery pack that allows it to operate for two hours of battery life, but users can also opt to use it all day as long as it’s plugged in.
As mixed reality continues to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how other AR/VR development companies rise to the challenge of meeting or exceeding the high bar that Apple has set.
How to Use Vision Pro
Vision Pro is introducing a new way of unlocking devices with Optic ID – its built-in authentication system that scans the user’s retina before opening the device.
As it opens, users will be met with floating app widgets with their immediate surroundings as the backdrop. The device will run on a new “visionOS” that allows users to control their headset by moving their eyes, saying a command, or tapping their fingers.
Unlike the iPhone, users can select multiple apps at a time, which prompts them to pop up next to each other.
Vision Pro’s Unique Features
Vision Pro is also introducing Environment, which lets users watch their favorite movies and shows on a screen that “feels 100 feet wide,” and Spatial Audio that simulates a theater experience.
What makes it unique is its ability to change the background to adapt to whatever a user is watching on their device, and which can be toggled with the Digital Crown located on the top right of the headset.
It’s also the first of its kind to house an EyeSight feature with people nearby appearing on a user’s screen. Simultaneously, the device will also reveal the user’s eyes to the person in front of them.
Apple’s new flagship headset will also allow automatically sync with other Apple devices via iCloud, making files, documents, photos and videos accessible straight from the device. It also works with Apple accessories such as Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard, which sets it apart from other AR and VR headsets that focus mainly on gaming.
FaceTime is also now spatial with Vision Pro, allowing users to see life-sized tiles of other members who are also on a call, and hearing them as if they were where they are positioned.
The Vision Pro drops for customers in the U.S. in early 2024.
Watch the product breakdown here: