Apple’s latest innovation, the Vision Pro, heralds a new era in spatial computing, blending digital content seamlessly with the physical world. Set to be available in the U.S. from February 2, 2024, the Vision Pro is priced starting at $3,499 and offers an unparalleled experience in virtual interaction and entertainment.
The Vision Pro’s standout feature, EyeSight, offers a unique connection to the user’s environment, allowing for a more interactive and engaging experience. It ensures privacy and security through its Optic ID system, which uses iris recognition for authentication and user interactions, ensuring user data remains private and secure. This feature reiterates Apple’s commitment to privacy, as eye-tracking information is not shared with Apple or third-party apps and websites.
Accessibility has been a key consideration in the design of the Vision Pro, with support for VoiceOver, Zoom, Switch Control, and other features, making it accessible to a wide range of users. Users can control the device using their eyes, hands, or voice, providing flexibility in interaction.
Apple has also focused on environmental sustainability with the Vision Pro, using recycled materials in its construction and aiming for carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030.
In terms of entertainment, the Vision Pro offers a range of immersive experiences. This includes exclusive content like Alicia Keys: Rehearsal Room, an intimate look into the artist’s creative process, and Adventure, which follows athletes undertaking awe-inspiring challenges. Additionally, viewers can get up close with wildlife in Wild Life or explore the prehistoric world in Prehistoric Planet Immersive. These experiences showcase the potential of Apple’s new Immersive Video format.
The Vision Pro is powered by Apple’s custom silicon, featuring an ultra-high-resolution display system with 23 million pixels, providing more than a 4K TV experience for each eye. It uses micro-OLED technology and catadioptric lenses for sharpness and clarity. For audio, it incorporates an advanced Spatial Audio system, creating an immersive sound experience that adapts to the user’s environment. The device is powered by the M2 chip and a new R1 chip for processing inputs from various sensors, ensuring real-time content delivery.