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Apple Vision Pro: Apple’s First Spatial Computer

Apple unveiled the Vision Pro on Monday. credit: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

On Monday, Apple unveiled Apple Vision Pro, its first spatial computer. According to the tech company, it “seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world”. Starting prices for the product will be $3,499 and it will be available early next year.

The Apple Vision Pro features VisionOS, billed as the “world’s first spatial operating system,” which will reportedly enable users to interact with apps and digital content as if present in their physical space.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, presented the new technology as an evolutionary step toward spatial computing, which will be as consequential as prior advances to personal and mobile computing. Apple says that the new technology will bring users “extraordinary new experiences”.

What is the Apple Vision Pro?

The tech giant said the new spatial computer “creates an infinite canvas for apps that scales beyond the boundaries of a traditional display and introduces a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by the most natural and intuitive inputs possible — a user’s eyes, hands, and voice.”

Vision Pro features an “ultra-high-resolution display system that packs 23 million pixels across two displays, and custom Apple silicon in a unique dual-chip design to ensure every experience feels like it’s taking place in front of the user’s eyes in real-time,” claimed Apple on Monday.

Users will be able to use Vision Pro to interact with familiar apps and experiences in new ways. For example, users will be able to watch films or converse with friends and family on FaceTime using the new Apple Vision Pro.

A particular emphasis has been placed on enabling users to multitask with the advantage of a three-dimensional interface and display. Users will reportedly be able to integrate other Apple devices like the Mac with the Vision Pro as part of “an enormous, private, and portable 4K display with incredibly crisp text.”

Comments of Apple CEO Tim Cook

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for computing,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “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. It unlocks incredible experiences for our users and exciting new opportunities for our developers,” Cook continued.

“Creating our first spatial computer required invention across nearly every facet of the system,” commented Mike Rockwell, Apple’s vice president of the Technology Development Group. “Through a tight integration of hardware and software, we designed a standalone spatial computer in a compact wearable form factor that is the most advanced personal electronics device ever.”

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