Apple has announced the launch of a groundbreaking product called Apple Vision Pro, which marks the company’s entry into the spatial computing space. Apple Vision Pro is a spatial computer that seamlessly merges digital content with the physical world, providing users with a unique and immersive computing experience. The device features an ultra-high-resolution display system with 23 million pixels spread across two displays and a custom Apple silicon chip in a dual-chip design. This powerful combination ensures that users feel like they are experiencing digital content in real time, right in front of their eyes.
The introduction of visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system, further enhances the user experience on Apple Vision Pro. It enables users to interact with digital content in a three-dimensional interface that breaks free from the confines of a traditional display. With visionOS, users can multitask with infinite screen real estate, access their favourite apps, and create an immersive workspace. The device is also compatible with Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, allowing users to bring the capabilities of their Mac wirelessly into the Vision Pro, resulting in a massive 4K display with crisp text.
Apple Vision Pro revolutionizes entertainment experiences as well. With its dual displays, the device can transform any space into a personal movie theatre, offering a screen that feels 100 feet wide. The advanced Spatial Audio system adds to the immersive experience, while Apple Immersive Video provides 180-degree high-resolution recordings with Spatial Audio. Additionally, users can enjoy a wide range of games and access over 100 Apple Arcade games on a screen as large as they desire, complete with immersive audio and support for popular game controllers.
The device also introduces “Environments,” which expands a user’s world beyond the physical boundaries of a room. Environments are dynamic landscapes that help users focus or reduce clutter in busy spaces. Users can control their level of immersion with a simple twist of the Digital Crown. Furthermore, Apple Vision Pro features Apple’s first three-dimensional camera, allowing users to capture and relive memories in a truly immersive way. Spatial photos and videos transport users back to special moments, and they can view their entire photo library in life-size scale with vibrant colors and exceptional detail.
Apple has also incorporated spatial computing into its FaceTime feature on Vision Pro. During FaceTime calls, participants are reflected in life-size tiles, creating a sense of presence. Users wearing Vision Pro are represented as a “Persona,” a digital representation of themselves that mirrors their face and hand movements in real-time. This enables collaborative activities such as watching movies, browsing photos, or working on presentations together.
The device comes with an all-new App Store dedicated to Vision Pro, where users can discover a wide range of apps and content. Developers can take advantage of the powerful capabilities of Vision Pro and visionOS to design innovative app experiences tailored for spatial computing.
Design-wise, Apple Vision Pro showcases the company’s expertise in creating high-performance products. It features a compact wearable form factor with a glass lens that acts as an optical surface for cameras and sensors. The custom aluminium alloy frame seamlessly curves around the user’s face, and flexible straps ensure a secure and comfortable fit. The device is powered by Apple silicon, including the M2 chip for exceptional performance and an R1 chip that handles input from multiple cameras, sensors, and microphones in real-time. Apple Vision Pro is designed for all-day use when plugged in, and it can provide up to two hours of use with its external, high-performance battery.
Privacy and security are paramount in Apple Vision Pro. The device includes Optic ID, a secure authentication system that analyzes a user’s iris and compares it to encrypted data stored in the Secure Enclave, ensuring that only the user can unlock the device. Privacy features are also built into EyeSight, the eye-tracking system, to ensure a user’s gaze.