It's been rumored for years. Today, Apple finally took the wraps off its headset, which it's calling the Vision Pro. Apple's calling it a spatial computing device, blending augmented and virtual reality, with a Digital Crown that controls how immersive the experience is. The fully three-dimensional interface can seem to float in the wearer's environment, casting shadows and interacting with objects, but can also appear somewhere totally different depending on the settings.
Two micro-OLED screens the size of postage stamps with 23 million pixels work with three-element lenses for incredibly detailed visions. They're paired with built-in audio pods that deliver spatial audio, and both are powered by an M2 processor and a new R1 chip that processes all the information from the 12 cameras, five sensors, and six microphones in just milliseconds. A mix of eye tracking, hand tracking with gesture recognition, and voice recognition is used to control the device.
Running visionOS, it also wirelessly connects to the Mac, displaying the Mac's screen privately in view alongside apps running on the device itself. When needed, it will display a virtual keyboard but also supports Bluetooth accessories like keyboards, trackpads, and gaming controllers. Vision Pro's various cameras make it a 3D camera, capable of capturing spatial videos and photos, which can be viewed in 3D, along with 3D movies, when wearing a headset.
A feature called EyeSight reveals the wearer's eyes via an outward-facing curved OLED when someone else is in the room, with approaching people and pets shown in the wearer's vision. While it supports many existing apps, it will receive its own App Store for more immersive experiences and games. It can be worn all day when plugged in or operate off a battery pack that fits in a pocket and provides up to two hours of battery life. Vision Pro is available for pre-order now with deliveries beginning February 2nd.