• June 13, 2024

After years of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally unveiled its first VR/AR headset, the Apple Vision Pro, at WWDC 2023.

Dubbed as a “spatial computer,” Apple says the device “seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world, while allowing users to stay present and connected to others.”

This standalone headset features visionOS, which is controlled with just the hands, eyes, and voice of the user thanks to the multiple external and internal sensors and cameras. No need for a dedicated controller.

The Vision Pro boasts of two ultra-high resolution micro OLED displays, each packing 23 million pixels. Meanwhile, an advanced Spatial Audio system with two individually amplified drivers inside each audio pod creates “the feeling that sounds are coming from the environment around the user and matching the sound to the space.”

It’s powered by a custom dual-core version of Apple’s M2 chipset, aided by a brand new R1 chip that processes input from 12 cameras, five sensors, and six microphones. The R1 streams new images to the displays within 12ms, which is apparently 8 times faster than the blink of an eye.

This Vision Pro lets users interact with digital content in a way that feels like it is physically present in their space. For example, you can transform any space into a personal movie theater with a screen that feels 100 feet wide, play over 100 Apple Arcade games on a screen as large as you want, or create a digital representation of yourself by reflecting your face and hand movements during a FaceTime call.

There’s also a new App Store for visionOS, where you can access hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPad apps that will automatically work with the new input system for the Vision Pro. 

The Apple Vision Pro will become available in the US early next year for $3,499 and will expand to other countries later in 2024.

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