Apple Vision Pro : Apple’s new AR Headset

Apple unveiled its latest innovation “Apple Vision Pro”, an augmented reality(AR) headset that seamlessly merges the real and virtual worlds. The reveal took place at a developer’s conference held at Apple Park, the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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Apple Vision Pro release date

The highly anticipated headset boasts a two-hour battery life and will hit the market in early 2024 in the United States. Apple has promised that later on in 2024 it will expand the availability of the Vision Pro headset to UK and other countries.

Apple Vision Pro cost

Vision Pro will start at a price tag of $3,499 (£2,849).

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Augmented reality and how it works

Apple refers to the new device as an “augmented reality” headset. Augmented reality, also known as mixed reality, overlays virtual objects onto the real world, allowing users to blend reality and virtual reality through a screen.

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This technology will enable users to access apps, watch movies, and create documents in a virtual environment.

Following the announcement, journalists and developers at the conference had a glimpse of the Apple Vision Pro headset. In his sales pitch, Tim Cook emphasized that the headset enables users to interact with digital content as if it were part of their physical surroundings.

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The device is controlled through a combination of hand gestures, eye movements, and voice commands, such as tapping fingers together for selection and flicking them to scroll.

iOS 17 and other announcements

In addition to the Vision Pro announcement, Apple introduced iOS 17, the latest iteration of its iPhone operating system.

Notable updates include “contact posters,” allowing users to associate a picture or image with their caller ID, and “live voicemail,” which provides real-time transcriptions of voicemail messages. The transcription feature extends to audio messages sent through Apple Messages.

Furthermore, Apple introduced a new feature called Check-In, which automatically notifies a friend or family member when the user arrives home. In the event of a significant delay, the system can also alert others that the user has not reached home safely.

The tech giant also announced updates to its MacBook Air and revealed the new iPhone operating system.
The new operating system, iOS 17, is slated for release in Autumn 2023.

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