After much rumours and leaks, Apple’s new AR headset is here. Enter the Apple Vision Pro, which is “the first Apple product you look through and not at,” said the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook. Of course, the AR headset can be controlled with a user’s eyes, hands, and even voice.
That means there is no need for a physical controller for the Vision Pro, though Bluetooth accessories can be paired to the headset for more precise controls. Aside from that, it’s primarily positioned as an AR device rather than VR, but users can use the dial on the right side of the headset to switch between augmented and virtual reality.
Apple is also working with several companies to take advantage of the Vision Pro, including Disney. Disney+, for example, will be available on the AR headset on day one. The streaming service looks to offer a more immersive viewing experience with the Vision Pro, such as showing various HUDs with relevant information of the content that’s being shown.
Hardware wise, the Vision Pro features curved MicroOLED panels with 23 million pixels across two displays (one for each eye). This is said to be sharper than, say, a 4K panel. On top of that, AR headset is also powered by Apple’s M2 silicone alongside a new chip, R1, for sensor processing.
Oh, there’s also a new authentication feature dubbed Optic ID. As its name suggests, it uses your iris to authenticate your identity; very neat.
Now, pricing. The Apple Vision Pro retails at a cool $3,499, which comes up to about RM16,015. Unfortunately, it’s only set to be available in the US at the moment in early 2024, so it’ll be a while before the sleek new AR headset arrives in Malaysia.