The “era of space computing” has undeniably arrived!
Apple has officially declared the imminent launch of Vision Pro in the United States on February 2nd, with pre-orders set to commence on January 19th.
I distinctly recall the thrilling announcement by Cook in June of the previous year, when he tantalizingly unveiled the “One More Thing.” Apple’s entire team had dedicated seven years of meticulous planning for this momentous occasion. As Cook articulated, this heralds the dawn of spatial computing, underscoring the immense significance of Vision Pro for all.
Apple Vision Pro stands as the epitome of advanced consumer electronics. Its revolutionary and enchanting user interface is poised to redefine our interactions, creativity, and explorations.
As per Apple’s official website, the price of Apple Vision Pro in the United States is set at a staggering US$3,499 (250,000), boasting a capacious 256GB of storage space.
The “space computer” of the new epoch, VisionOS, Apple’s pioneering operating system, is founded upon decades of engineering innovation drawn from MacOS, iOS, and iPadOS. VisionOS promises an immersive spatial experience, featuring a novel 3D user interface and input system, controllable by mere eyes, hands, or voice commands, akin to the realm of science fiction.
This avant-garde technology enables users to select content with a mere tap of their finger, scroll with a subtle wrist movement, and utilize a virtual keyboard for application interaction. Much like other Apple devices, Siri facilitates swift opening or closure of applications and other functions.
What is particularly astounding is the ability to immerse oneself in diverse environments while wearing Vision Pro, be it Yosemite National Park or the lunar surface. It expands one’s world limitlessly, unshackled from the constraints of the physical realm, presenting any desired location right before one’s eyes. Furthermore, the immersion level of the environment can be regulated via the “Digital Crown.”
For migrant workers, this experience is beyond compare. The 3D interface liberates applications from the confinements of the display screen, allowing them to be showcased side by side in virtual space at any scale, fostering an infinite canvas for collaborative multitasking.
VisionOS seamlessly integrates the existing development framework, providing access to over a million iOS and iPadOS applications compatible with Apple Vision Pro, ensuring automatic synchronization and interoperability. However, Vision Pro also introduces a novel “App Store” dedicated to apps designed specifically for the headset. In the new UI interface, users have the liberty to drag and position applications according to their individual aesthetics, determining their size as preferred.
Apple enthusiasts can capture spatial video on iPhone 15 and then relive their cherished memories in an entirely novel manner on Vision Pro. Spatial photos and videos transport users back to specific moments in time, while spatial audio elevates the immersive experience.
The primary focus of Vision Pro lies in its capacity for immersion, transforming one’s room into a private theater. The device autonomously adjusts the space, lighting, and screen size, transcending the confines of the room. Additionally, Vision Pro introduces Apple Immersive Video, a pioneering entertainment format delivering 180-degree three-dimensional 8K recordings accompanied by spatial audio.
Donning Vision Pro bestows an entirely new gaming experience, enabling immersive interactions with NPCs.
FaceTime on Apple Vision Pro ingeniously utilizes the surrounding space, rendering call participants life-sized. Space Audio further enhances the realism by positioning voices in accordance with each participant’s location. When utilizing Vision Pro on FaceTime, individuals appear as avatars, while those joining from Mac, iPad, or iPhone appear in a square interface. Every Vision Pro user possesses their unique avatar, allowing others on the call to perceive facial expressions and hand movements in real time. Employing machine learning, Vision Pro swiftly generates avatars, compatible with third-party video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams, among others.
Pioneering a breakthrough design, the Apple Vision Pro resembles ski goggles. Its modular design empowers users to personalize their devices. Fashioned with an aluminum alloy frame and a Light Seal crafted from soft textiles, available in various shapes and sizes, the device contours precisely to the user’s face. For users requiring vision correction, ZEISS optical inserts, available as prescription lenses or readers magnetically attachable to Vision Pro, ensure optimal utilization of the display’s remarkable clarity.
Furthermore, flexible straps guarantee proximity of audio to the user’s ears, while the included single-person knitted strap and double-loop strap facilitate individualized adjustments.
The Apple Vision Pro employs a revolutionary ultra-high-resolution display system, leveraging potent Apple chips. The Micro-OLED technology incorporates 23 million pixels across two displays, each boasting wide color gamut and high dynamic range. This technological marvel, combined with custom lenses capable of Ultra HD, alongside cutting-edge spatial audio, engenders a truly breathtaking experience.
Vision Pro is also equipped with a high-performance eye-tracking system, utilizing a high-speed camera and a ring of LEDs projecting imperceptible light patterns onto the user’s eyes for responsive, intuitive input. To facilitate connection with individuals in proximity, Apple introduces a groundbreaking feature – EyeSight. When someone approaches a user wearing Vision Pro, the device turns transparent, allowing the user to perceive the approaching individuals and reveal their own eyes.
During immersion in an application, EyeSight offers visual cues to others, indicating the user’s current focus. Breakthrough displays, advanced audio experiences, high-performance eye-tracking systems, and more are powered by unique dual Apple chips. Among these, the M2 chip delivers robust standalone performance, while the new R1 chip manages input from 12 cameras, 5 sensors, and 6 microphones, vividly presenting content before the user’s eyes.