Apple has finally announced the details regarding the much-anticipated release of the Apple Vision Pro, marking the official start of the “spatial computing era”. Set to be available from February 2nd, this high end pro-sumer device aims to transform how we interact with digital content in our physical spaces.
The base model of the Apple Vision Pro, priced at $3,500, comes with 256GB of storage and will be initially released in the United States. It will be available for purchase at all U.S. Apple Store locations and online. While a broader international release is planned for later in 2024, specific countries and dates have yet to be confirmed. Early adopters can start placing their pre-orders from 5 a.m. PT on January 19th.
At the heart of the Vision Pro experience is the new visionOS, which is built upon the rich heritage of macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. This new OS introduces a three-dimensional user interface, controlled effortlessly through eye, hand, and voice inputs, making navigation feel almost magical.
With Apple Vision Pro, apps break free from the confines of traditional displays, offering a limitless canvas for multitasking and collaboration. The device supports over a million iOS and iPadOS apps and features a dedicated App Store for Vision Pro-specific applications. The device’s ultra-high-resolution display, delivering more pixels than a 4K TV per eye, alongside its powerful Apple M2 and R1 chips, positions it as a leader in high-performance spatial computing.
Responding to feedback on the device’s weight and comfort, Apple has introduced a new Dual Loop Band alongside the Solo Knit Band. The Dual Loop features a thinner back strap and a top strap for better weight distribution, while the Solo Knit Band offers a 3D knitted cushion for comfort and breathability.
True to Apple’s commitment to privacy and security, Vision Pro introduces Optic ID for secure authentication. Additionally, ZEISS optical inserts for vision correction are available, priced at $100 for readers and $150 for prescription lenses. It also incorporates significant accessibility features like VoiceOver, Zoom, and Voice Control, reimagined for spatial computing.
From reliving memories with spatial photos and videos to immersive entertainment experiences, and from new dimensions in gaming to a redefined FaceTime, Apple Vision Pro is the next step in a decades long journey to redefine personal computing. Its release marks a significant milestone in Apple’s own journey as well, offering a glimpse into the future of consumer technology.
The Vision Pro opens for pre-orders on January 19th and the official release of the device is scheduled for February 2nd. Keep an eye on XR Update for more details as the era of spatial computing begins.