Apple Vision Pro blurs lines between real and virtual

Apple Vision Pro has two ultra-high resolution displays that pack 23 million pixels across each eye, creating a stunning visual experience
An undated image of a VR device. — Apple
An undated image of a VR device. — Apple

Apple has recently announced its first spatial computer, the Apple Vision Pro, which is expected to launch in early 2024 in the US and later that year internationally. The device is a mixed-reality headset that blends digital content with the physical world while allowing users to stay present and connected to others. Here are some of the key features and details about the Apple Vision Pro that you should know.

Apple Vision Pro: Design and specs

The Apple Vision Pro features a sleek and compact design that wraps around the user’s face with a custom aluminium alloy frame and a three-dimensional formed laminated glass. The device has two ultra-high resolution displays that pack 23 million pixels across each eye, creating a stunning visual experience.

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The device also has custom Apple silicon in a dual-chip design that ensures high performance and low latency. The device is powered by a battery that can last up to 10 hours of continuous use and can be charged wirelessly or with a USB-C cable.

Apple Vision Pro: Interaction and interface

The Apple Vision Pro introduces a new way of interacting with digital content, using the user’s eyes, hands, and voice. The device runs on visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system, that enables powerful and immersive experiences.

The user can control the device by looking at an element, tapping their fingers together to select, and using the virtual keyboard or dictation to type. The device also supports gestures, such as pinching, swiping, and rotating, to manipulate the content. The device also has a built-in microphone and speaker that allow the user to communicate with Siri and other users.

Apps and entertainment

Apple Vision Pro creates an infinite canvas for apps that scales beyond the boundaries of a traditional display. The user can access their favourite apps, such as Safari, Notes, Messages, and more, and arrange them anywhere in their space. The user can also multitask and switch between apps with a glance.

The device also supports the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad, which can be used to set up the perfect workspace or bring the capabilities of the Mac into the device wirelessly.

The device also transforms any room into a personal theatre, where the user can enjoy movies, shows, and games at any scale. The device supports Spatial Audio, which creates a realistic sound field that matches the content. The device also supports Apple Arcade, which offers hundreds of exclusive games that can be played in 3D.

Photos and videos

Apple Vision Pro is Apple’s first 3D camera, which can capture spatial photos and videos in 3D, and then relive them with immersive Spatial Audio. The user can also view their existing library of photos and videos at a remarkable scale and feel like they are standing right where they took them. The device also supports spatial videos taken with the iPhone 15 Pro, which can be viewed on the device.

Connection and collaboration

The Apple Vision Pro makes it easy to connect and collaborate with others, wherever they are. The device supports FaceTime, which allows the user to see and talk to their friends and family in life-size video tiles that expand in their room. The device also supports apps that enable the user to work with colleagues on the same documents simultaneously, such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.