By: Nick Gambino
The rumors, as they always do, were swirling about what we might see at Apple’s annual WWDC. Well, it turns out a lot of those rumors turned out to be true. The most anticipated of which, and one we were pretty sure was gonna happen at WWDC 2023, was the unveiling of the much-awaited AR headset – Vision Pro.
We wrote a lot about the rumored mixed reality headset ahead of its release and much of that is what we ended up seeing. The Vision Pro looks a lot like a pair of ski goggles even down to the transparent glasses. But don’t be fooled, there are 4K lenses and displays in there that help you access a virtual world. And while it seems to be mainly an AR device you can go full VR with the simple turn of a dial.
For all intents and purposes, the Vision Pro is a spatial computer that allows you to interact with digital content as if it was right there in front of you in the physical space. The computer operates on a brand-new VisionOS which is essentially a combination of iOS, iPadOS and macOS.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for computing,” Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said. “Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing. Built upon decades of Apple innovation, Vision Pro is years ahead and unlike anything created before – with a revolutionary new input system and thousands of groundbreaking innovations.”
The Apple Vision Pro fetches a hefty $3,499 which is even more expensive than we predicted. This is going to exclude most average consumers, relegating the mixed reality headset to more avid techies or those with plenty of expendable income. I’m curious what sales look like over the first month and whether or not the high price point will keep the new Apple product niche.
If you are looking to purchase the Vision Pro you’ll have to wait until early next year when they start shipping to get your hands on one of these bad boys. And that’s only for the U.S. There’s no info currently on when we might see it shipping to other countries.