Apple's worst-kept secret, an AR headset by the name of Vision Pro, made its much-anticipated debut at WWDC this year. And, as multiple reports and sources familiar with the matter suggested, the headset's design does in fact resemble a pair of ski goggles (yay?), with Apple leaning more towards comfort and ease of use than performance and battery life.
Vision Pro will run on an all-new platform called visionOS via spatial computing, and is driven by an M2 and R1 chip. Together, the headset offers floating interfaces of familiar apps and services like Safari, Disney Plus, FaceTime, iMessage, and more. The R1 chip is an especially important piece, working in tandem with the Vision Pro's external cameras and sensors for spatial rendering.
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Apple's Vision Pro headset relies solely on your eyes, fingers, and voice to work, from selecting elements on-screen by simply looking at them and pinching your index and thumb fingers to giving voice commands. There are no proprietary controllers or additional hardware required to operate the machine.
Apple says the headset will field a pair of 4K Micro OLED displays for each eye and several external cameras for passthrough and hand tracking, besting the resolution quality and sensors of existing AR/VR headsets. As expected, Mac users can seamlessly transition their workspaces from their computers to their Vision Pro, extending slideshows, Safari browsers, and more into the augmented reality view.
Naturally, high-density panels blasting at users' eyes call for some disclaimers, and Apple apparently has those ready, too. The company will ship Vision Pro with some very important warnings; ones that suggest users who have experienced conditions such as Meniere's Disease, past traumatic brain injuries, vertigo, and anxiety disorders not buy or use the reality-altering gadget.
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On its own, Apple says the Vision Pro will last around two hours before needing to recharge. To help, the headset is bundled with a pocketable charging pack that can be tethered. This concoction, paired with the lightweight blend of cloth and aluminum alloy of the wearable, lends itself to a headset that is notably lighter than others.
Apple's Vision Pro headset will sell for $3,499, putting it in a tier well above would-be competitors like the $1,000 Meta Quest Pro and HTC Vive XR Elite, and the company says the headset will be available early next year.