Global Audience Gets a Sneak Peek of Apple’s Vision Pro MR Program
Apple’s new Vision Pro MR headset, with its dual-processor architecture and dozens of cameras, isn’t likely to be a realistic buy for the masses just yet, despite its impressive specs.
Announced on June 5, the device is years ahead of competitors like the Meta. It starts at $3,499, an expense that’s likely to be prohibitive for most consumers.
The Vision Pro, unveiled by Apple, is a wearable computer with a 3D user interface that blends digital content with the real world using hands and gaze as the primary input devices. It runs on VisionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system based on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS.
The device’s high-resolution display system packs 23 million pixels across two screens and allows for an infinite canvas of apps — far more than double what you’d find on a typical 4K screen.
Despite the high price, Vision Pro is likely to launch a new mixed reality (MR) ecosystem that will create a niche for metaverse and metaverse cryptocurrency like sandbox (SAND) and decentralized (MANA) to compete in when more affordable tracking hardware is available.
The Vision Pro also features Apple’s first 3D camera for spatial video and imagery, support for the Apple Arcade gaming platform, and access to the App Store with hundreds of thousands of iOS and ipadOS apps.
The device is controlled using a combination of the user’s eyes, hands, and voice, and EyeSight that projects the user’s face onto the headset to prevent isolation.
The headset is built to handle high-performance workloads and is capable of up to 2 hours of work on a single charge. It features an advanced security and privacy system, which includes Optic ID, a secure authentication system that uses iris analysis to unlock the device.
The Vision Pro’s dual-chip design, with M2’s unparalleled standalone performance and the input processing of the all-new R1 chip’s 12 cameras, five sensors, and six microphones, ensures that content appears in real time before the user’s eyes.
Advanced technology sets the Vision Pro apart from its competitors and positions it as the most advanced personal electronic device Apple has ever created.
While Vision Pro may not bring the metaverse to the masses right away due to its high cost, it is an important step forward in the development of the MR ecosystem. As technology continues to evolve and become more accessible, we’ll likely see the metaverse become an integral part of our daily lives.