Apple Vision Pro: price, features, hands on insights, and more


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Apple’s VR/AR headset, which has been rumored since 2006, is finally here. Eight months after Apple’s WWDC announcement of the Vision Pro, the headset has finally arrived. Shipping headsets Customers. The headset is designed to take mixed-reality experiences to the next step.

Apple has even gone so far as to claim that the Vision Pro is “the most advanced personal electronic devices ever.”

Also: I’ve tested Vision Pro and top XR headsets, and this is the one that most people should purchase

Pre-orders are available for the deviceApple began selling its iPhones on January 19 and, despite the steep price of $3,499, it sold 200,000 units within the first 10 days, according an insider. MacRumors.

This begs a question: Vision Pro – Is it worth the price?? Here’s everything you need know about the newest product from the company, including specs, features, and some insights by ZDNET’s editor-in-chief Jason Hiner. hands-on experience.

Apple Vision Pro headset with battery

Apple Vision Pro with the tethered power pack 

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The design of the Vision Pro is different from other AR/VR headsets. The headset is connected to an external battery that looks like an iPhone. 

The user would therefore have to keep the battery in his pocket and deal a dangling wire when using Vision Pro.

Also: MIT Reality Hack revealed that VR, AR, XR, and other technologies are gaining momentum.

Apple was able, by using a tethered power system, to reduce the weight on the Vision Pro headset. It is now noticeably lighter than its competitors. Apple claims that this should fix one of the most common problems with VR headsets, namely discomfort after prolonged use. 

EyeSight is a feature that allows others to see the wearer’s eye when they approach. 

Apple Vision Pro demo at WWDC 2023

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The headset’s front is made of laminated, three-dimensionally shaped glass. It connects to an aluminum alloy frame. The Light Seal, a soft textile, and three-dimensionally knitted HeadBand are available in a variety of sizes for maximum comfort. 

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus features two OLED displays with a combined total of 23,000,000 pixels (more than 4K TVs for each eye). M2 chipSiri, the popular voice assistant is also included. It also features a brand-new R1 processor that runs in parallel with M2 to ensure no lag.

Also: Apple Vision Pro: 10 reasons it’s brilliant

The headset uses two amplified drivers in each audio pad. This allows it to deliver Personalized Spatial Audio that is tailored to the user’s head and geometry. 

The headset will have a crown that is similar to the one on the Apple Watch. This crown will allow users to switch between AR/VR. A knob will allow users to easily adjust the fit of the headset and there is a button at the top to take photos.  

The headset can be controlled by voice commands, eye and hand tracking (a feature slowly being adopted on the market), as well as other headsets. Users will, for instance, be able pinch to select and flick scroll.

Also: The best VR headsets available right now (and see how Apple Vision Pro compares)

Vision Pro runs a new Apple OS, VisionOS. This interface is similar to that of the iPadOS. This brings the continuity of Apple’s apps and services ecosystem into the headset. This operating system was designed specifically to support spatial computation. 

The headset runs popular Apple apps, such as Facetime, Mail (including Maps), Messages (including Messages), Music, Notes and Photos), Safari, Books, Camera, Contacts in mixed reality. It will also launch with New Apps: 600 built for the headset including ZoomMicrosoft 365Slack, todoist and more.

Apple says that apps will feel as if they are in the natural environment and space of your home. Moving apps is the same as moving items around. Jason Hiner said that after his 30-minute hands-on demo, moving objects was second nature. 

Also: Apple Vision Pro: People give 9 reasons for buying the $3,500 headset

Hiner stated that “within five to 10 minutes, I was opening and shutting apps, scrolling right to left up and down, selecting things, moving apps and windows in the space before me,” he said. “By then, I was doing it all without thinking about it and with a high level of accuracy and confidence.”

Immersive video, one of the most attractive features of the device is that it allows users to feel like they are physically in the place where the video takes place. You can, for instance, stream a movie to the headset and watch it as though it were playing in a different environment, like the beach, using immersive spatial audio. 

Apple Vision Pro demo at WWDC 2023

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The Vision Pro headset is also compatible with existing streaming services from third parties to ensure continuity between your favorite apps and the headset. Users will also be able to access streaming services such as Spotify. Disney PlusAmong others, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video Paramount+, Peacock IMAX and MUBI are just a few. 

Hiner said that you can also use spatial video to watch your iPhone videos. This experience is one of its biggest highlights. 

“The difference between normal photos and video and spatial photos is almost like the jump from black and white to color film and photography — although this might be an even larger leap.” Share This Article Hiner. 

If you’re interested in using the VR headset for work, you’re in luck. The headset can be used as an external 4K monitor for a Mac connected via HDMI by mirroring the Mac interface onto the AR interface. 

Also: Apple Vision Pro FOMO cured by $400 XR sunglasses

Facetime for Vision Pro allows you to collaborate with coworkers in a videoconferencing environment. The tiles of the people on the call are “life-sized”, and the audio for each person will come from their tile position. This allows for a more natural conversation. 

The caller will see the Vision Pro user’s “digital avatar”Apple claims that the device uses machine learning to reflect in real time the wearer’s hand and face movements.

Vision Pro model

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The headset scans your face to create a realistic persona that moves and has depth. This will represent you in Facetime calls. Third-party apps such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams offer enhanced video calls on the app. 

VisionPro scans face

Vision Pro scanning a user 

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The Vision Pro comes with a price tag of $3499 for its base storage model. This sets it apart from other premium models like MetaHTCOther manufacturers have also played in the range of less than $1,000. 

Apple offers two more storage options. $3,699The 1TB version retails for $3,899. The box itself includes the headset, the battery pack, a Dual Loop Band, a cover, a light seal cushion, a polishing cloth, a 0W USB-C Power Adapter, and a USB‑C Charge Cable. 

Also: Apple Vision Pro headsets require this accessory.

Zeiss Optical Inserts range from $99 to $149. 

You can also choose to add Apple Care+, which costs $499 or $24.99 a month. Or accessories like the Vision Pro’s. Travel Case for $199.

Apple Vision Pros are available on the Apple Store website and in Apple stores. Pre-orders started on January 19 and the units began arriving to people’s homes and becoming available for pickup on Feb 2. 

You can book a one-onone demo with an Apple Store Specialist to try the Vision Pro. You can find the booking page. Here is a link to the article. You can also buy the Vision Pro and try it out for yourself. 

The Vision Pro has the same return policy as any other Apple product. You have 14 days to return the product if you’re not satisfied with it or if it is something you want to try out. 

This is the three-and-a-half-thousand-dollar question. Apple Vision Pro’s suitability for you ultimately depends on your needs, interests, and use cases. Hiner has written two articles to help you make this decision:

ZDNET is currently reviewing the Apple Vision Pros. Stay tuned for more reviews and feature spotlights as well as buying advice. 

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