- Apple unveiled its first AR headset at the WWDC 2023.
- Apple calls its first AR headset Apple Vision Pro.
- One can use their hands, eyes and voice to control the product.
Apple has started its World Developer Conference (WWDC) 2023 with the keynote address at 10 AM Pacific time on June 5. Apple’s AR headset has been rumoured to launch for a long time. An easter egg on WWDC 2023 event page was revealed when one tapped on the Apple logo on the top of the page. The users were redirected to an AR simulation that displays the Apple logo in real-time, which could be accessed from smartphones. Apple launched the much anticipated AR headset, Apple Vision Pro, at the WWDC 2023 event. The Cupertino giant also announced iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and 15-inch MacBook Air along with the AR headset at the event.
Apple Vision Pro: Price, Availability, Features, and Specifications
Apple has launched the Apple Vision Pro at USD 3,499 (approximately Rs 2,88,000). The company revealed that the device would launch by early 2024 in the US markets. The international availability of the device will be in late 2024. The long delay in availability will ensure enough time for developers to design their apps to adapt to the AR headset.
The Cupertino giant had previously given access to Vision Pro to selected developers to adapt their apps. Apple revealed that all the iPad and Mac apps would be available when it launches next year. Many third-party apps, including Microsoft and Zoom, are already optimized.
Tim Cook has said that the product will introduce us to spatial computing. Apple claims the device can blend digital content into the space around us. The display in the Vision Pro has 23 million pixels across two displays. The eyes, hands, and voice of the user will power the device. Users can use their fingers to select and flick for scrolling.
Apple has equipped the Vision Pro with Eyesight feature, which will display our eyes and expressions to others through the external display. The outer display will display a different animation if someone is nearby and will be revealed through a passthrough. Once they disappear, the display will show your eyes and can be connected to Mac wirelessly.
The Vision Pro is equipped with an M2 chipset with a custom media R1 processor. The device can capture spatial photos and videos. Apple adds that the Vision Pro can also simulate a dark theatre in a bright room. The company adds that our entire world is a canvas for apps. Apple has partnered with Disney World to offer an incredible experience for its users.
Disney CEO said that its content would be available from Day 1 of the launch of Vision Pro. The partnership with Disney World will help users to experience AR in sports, concerts, and under the ocean. Apple claims the device will offer a battery backup of 2 hours with an external battery pack. The device can also be made to run all day by plugging it.
Apple uses visionOS with the Vision Pro AR headset. The device is compatible with custom optical inserts, which can be attached magnetically to Zeiss lenses. The support for lenses would make the product friendly for people who wear glasses. The product also comes with a new biometric security method dubbed Optic ID. This new form of ID uses the user’s irises to unlock the device, which works similarly to Touch ID and Face ID.