Y’all, it’s happening. I have been wondering when Apple would unveil its latest product – and on June 6, 2023, we have the answer. This is long-awaited Apple’s first wearable spatial computer that blends and merge the real world with the digital one using augmented reality (AR). Sounds cool isn’t it?
As a non-techie, I was really impressed by some of the details.
With a fully 3D interface, you can see your environment with your apps, adjust their size and even move them around like real furniture. You can even see their shadows cast over your surroundings. Can you imagine how insane that is? Furthermore, it’ll track your eye movements, allowing app icons to come to life just by looking at them.
With Vision Pro, users can intuitively hear and interact with digital content in the same way they would with physical objects, using only their eyes, hands, and voices.
Additionally, you can tap and flick your fingers to select items. Typing can be done either by speaking or using the virtual keyboard. I really think it sounds like something out of a futuristic film. The Vision Pro simplifies multitasking by eliminating the need to switch windows or purchase several screens.
Do you want to watch a movie or play a game? The experience will fully immerse you. It uses spatial audio and dims the surrounding light to give you a cinematic viewing experience, which really takes your viewing to the next level. Apple TV will even allow you to watch 3D movies!
Don’t worry, Apple hasn’t abandoned those who wear glasses. Custom optical inserts can be magnetically attached to the lenses, so you don’t have to worry about performance being compromised.
However, all of your other Apple products aren’t rendered obsolete by this launch. Imagine seeing your laptop screen in a massive 4K display just by looking at it – just imagine seeing your screen in a private 4k display.
Plus, you’ll view everything in ultra high definition with 23 million pixels over two panels for ultra HD viewing.
Overall, it might sound a little alienating and dystopian. It’s like everyone lives in their own bubble with headsets on.
When the EyeSight feature detects someone entering our field of vision, it displays your eyes (because eyes are the window to the soul, right?). Your view will still include nearby people even if you are fully immersed without being able to see your surroundings.
Have you ever FaceTimed or Zoomed? Your facial and hand movements can actually be matched to your digital persona on their screens. With FaceTime video tiles, you will feel like you’re right there with whoever you’re talking to. Apple says this will also transform the way we work remotely (a trend that’s gained traction recently).
7. Structure and features
If you love technical details, you’ll love the Vision Pro has twelve cameras, five sensors, and six microphones. The amount of technology on your face is impressive! Furthermore, it uses both Apple’s M2 chip and a new chip, R1, designed for real-time sensor processing.
Its improved spatial audio even boasts a technology called audio ray tracing, which analyzes your surroundings to match its sound output to them. Is that it?
Also made of lightweight material, it can last up to two hours on an external battery (or all day if you keep it plugged in). Designed to gently wrap around your face, the headset incorporates both soft and textile parts for a more comfortable fit.
Face ID is well known, but what about Optic ID? You will use your unique iris instead of your face, but it works the same way. It’s time for increased security!
Launched in the US early next year, the product will be available in other countries later. Although it will set you back S$4720 (US$3499) it’s pretty well worth the price tag, especially for loyal Apple fans since it’s basically a computer, VR headset, cinema, and phone all in one.
It also doesn’t seem too out of reach considering the most expensive 16-inch MacBook Pro is S$4999!
It won’t be long before I start saving up to purchase it once it reaches our shores. You’re ready to join the next generation of technology, aren’t you?
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(Credits: Apple, Zdnet, Engadget, Beeborn)