It’s happening, you guys. As an avid Apple user, I’ve been wondering when they might finally unveil a new product — and on 6 June 2023, all our prayers have been answered. The all-new Vision Pro is Apple’s first ever wearable spatial computer that blends the real world with the digital one using augmented reality (AR).
Now, I’m no tech girlie — but here are some of the details that really impressed me.
It has a fully 3D interface where you’ll be able to see your environment with your apps, adjust your app size and even put them anywhere you want, much like moving real furniture around. They even cast a shadow over your surroundings. How insane is that? Plus, it’ll actually track your eye movements, which means that app icons will come to life just by looking at them.
Users of Vision Pro will be able to intuitively hear and interact with digital content in a similar way that people interact with physical objects, and it’s controlled by eyes, hands, and voice only.
You can also tap your fingers together to select items, and flick to scroll. If you want to type anything, you can either speak or use the virtual keyboard in front of you. Seriously, it sounds like something out of a futuristic movie to me. No more toggling between windows or having to purchase multiple screens — multitasking is made way simpler with the Vision Pro.
Want to watch a movie or play some games? You’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the experience. The headset will actually adjust the screen to give you the ultimate cinematic environment by dimming the surrounding light and using spatial audio, which really takes your viewing to the next level. We hear that you’ll even be able to watch 3D movies on Apple TV!
For those of you who wear glasses, don’t fret — Apple hasn’t forsaken you. You can actually get custom optical inserts that magnetically attach to the lenses, so you’re free to use it without compromising performance.
This launch doesn’t render all your other Apple products obsolete, though. Rather, you’ll be able to bring your Macbook into the Vision Pro display just by looking at it — just imagine seeing your laptop screen in a massive 4k display that’s private to your eyes.
Plus, you’ll be viewing everything in ultra high definition with 23 million pixels across two panels. For those of you who don’t speak tech (like me), that’s basically more pixels than a 4K TV for each eye!
Overall, it might sound a little dystopian and alienating. I mean, just imagine everyone walking around with headsets on and living in their own bubble. Yeah, that’s lowkey depressing.
However, the EyeSight feature ensures that we aren’t isolated from those around us, since it can actually display your eyes when it senses that someone has entered your field of vision (because eyes are the window to the soul, right?). Even if you’re fully immersed without being able to see your surroundings, when someone is nearby, they will still appear in your view.
Wanna FaceTime or Zoom your bestie? You can actually create a digital persona for their screens that will match your facial and hand movements. FaceTime video tiles will be life-sized, which is meant to make you feel like you’re right there with whoever you’re talking to. According to Apple, this will also transform the way we work remotely (something that’s been gaining traction especially in recent years).
7. Structure and features
For those who are really into the technical details, here’s what you’ll be delighted to find — the Vision Pro has a whopping twelve cameras, five sensors, and six microphones. That’s a lot of tech on your face! Plus, it uses the Apple M2 chip and a brand new chip, R1, that’s designed for real-time sensor processing.
Their upgraded spatial audio even boasts a tech called audio ray tracing, which matches its sound output to your surroundings by analysing the features and materials of your space. What?
It’s also made of lightweight material, and can last up to two hours using its external battery (or all day, if you’re constantly plugged in). The headset is modelled to gently wrap around your face for a comfortable user experience, and has a combination of both soft and textile parts for better wearability.
We all know about Face ID, but what about Optic ID? It works the same, but will use your unique irises instead of your face. Hello, increased security!
The product will be launched early next year in the US only, and will be made available in other countries later on in the year. Now, it will set you back ~S$4720 (US$3499) — but it seems to be pretty worth the hefty price tag, especially for loyal Apple fans since it’s basically a computer, virtual reality headset, cinema, and a phone all rolled into one.
Considering that the most expensive 16-inch MacBook Pro is S$4999, it doesn’t seem like too far of a reach either!
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to start saving up to get my hands on it once it reaches our shores. Ready to enter the next generation of tech?
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