BONSERNEWS.com – Apple officially introduced an augmented reality (AR) headset, Apple Vision Pro, through the World Wide Developer Conference or WWDC 2023 on Monday local time.
“Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and the iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduced us to spatial computing,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Quoting a press release on the official website, Tuesday (6/6/2023), this Apple AR headset uses visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system.
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According to Apple, these devices allow users to interact with digital content, in a way that feels like they are physically present.
The Vision Pro features an ultra-high-resolution display system that packs 23 million pixels into its two screens, and uses special Apple silicon with a dual-chip design.
“Apple Vision Pro is far more advanced and unlike anything made before—with a revolutionary new input system and thousands of groundbreaking innovations,” added Tim Cook.
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Quoting The Verge, the Vision Pro headset sells for USD 3,499 (around Rp. 52 million) and will only start being released next year in the United States, then follow in more countries.
The Vision Pro headset is itself an AR device, but it can also be switched between augmented reality and virtual reality in full using the feature dial.
This device does not need a controller. Users can also browse through a series of icons on the visionOS operating system just by looking at them.
Apple Vision Pro users can also tap to select and flick to scroll.
Apple also allows users to give voice commands. Plus, there are “hundreds of thousands of familiar iPhone and iPad apps” that will automatically work that way.
The headset will also support Bluetooth accessories including the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, and will allow users to link a Mac for use within the device.
Another feature of this device is the downward-facing camera, so it can capture a hand even when it’s not being lifted.
Another Apple Vision Pro specification, the front uses glass and an aluminum frame, contains five sensors, 12 cameras, with a 4K screen for each eye.
The mask part, which is called the Light Seal, and the strap, which is called the Head Band, are covered in cloth and modular, and claim to be able to stretch to suit various face shapes and head sizes.
The headset is also friendlier to wearers with glasses, as it will support a special optical insert from Zeiss, which magnetically attaches to the lens of the glasses. However, this insert will be sold separately.
Talking about the chip used, this device uses M2, along with a new chip called R1.
In order not to be isolated from other people, the headset will display the user’s eyes with the EyeSight system. If in full VR mode, the glowing screen will obscure it, indicating the user is not available.
The device can also create digital “personas,” which are actually hyperrealistic avatars, by scanning the user’s face.
Vision Pro uses video passthrough, which allows users to see the real world in full color, but they can project 3D objects into real space, including dragging objects from message threads into the real world.
Another capability, when talking to people remotely, users can use spatial audio to do things like arrange FaceTime participants in video tiles around the room.
Users can also relive 180-degree videos with the 3D camera while in the headset. Apple also promises to bring TV and Arcade content on headsets, including content from Disney.