Augmented Reality

Apple Vision Pro: The Future of Mixed Reality

Apple has finally unveiled its long-awaited augmented reality headset, the Apple Vision Pro, at WWDC 2023.

The device, which will cost $3,499 and ship in early 2024, is designed to “seamlessly” blend the real and digital world, according to CEO Tim Cook1.

Apple Vision Pro is Apple’s new AR headset© Provided by The Verge

The Vision Pro is not your typical VR or AR headset.

It supports both modes of immersive experiences, allowing users to switch between them with a simple voice command or gesture. It also does not require a dedicated controller, as it relies on advanced sensors and cameras to track the user’s hand and eye movements2.

The headset features a sleek and lightweight design, with a curved visor that covers the user’s eyes and ears. It has a high-resolution display that can project lifelike images and sounds onto the user’s field of view. It also has a powerful processor that can run complex applications and games without lag or overheating.

The Vision Pro is compatible with a range of Apple services and devices, such as iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV+, AirPods, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Users can access their content and apps through a virtual interface that resembles the iOS home screen. They can also interact with Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, to control the headset and get information.

One of the most impressive features of the Vision Pro is its ability to create realistic holograms of people and objects that can be placed in the user’s environment.

For example, users can have a face-to-face conversation with a friend who is miles away, or play a game with a virtual character that reacts to their actions. Users can also manipulate and edit these holograms with their hands or voice.

Apple claims that the Vision Pro is the first product of its kind that offers a truly immersive and interactive mixed reality experience. The company says that it has been working on this technology for over six years, and that it has filed over 200 patents related to it3.

The Vision Pro is not meant for everyone, though. Apple admits that it is targeting a niche market of developers, creators, and enthusiasts who want to explore the possibilities of mixed reality. The device is also quite expensive compared to other VR/AR headsets on the market, such as Meta’s Quest 3 ($499) or Quest 2 ($299).

Apple’s Vision Pro headset.© Image: Apple

However, Apple says that the Vision Pro is just the beginning of its vision for the future of computing.

The company hints that it is working on more affordable and accessible products that will bring mixed reality to the masses in the coming years.

If you are interested in getting your hands on the Vision Pro, you can pre-order it now on Apple’s website or at select Apple Stores. You can also watch the WWDC 2023 keynote to learn more about the device and see some demos of its capabilities.