It has been years in the making, but Apple has officially debuted its AR headset at its annual World Wide Developers Conference.
The headset, called Apple Vision Pro, is the first of its products you look out for and not at, CEO Tim Cook said Monday at the live event.
The headset lets users merge the real world with a digital one controlled by their eyes, voice and hands.
Vision Pro has a single, thick band on the back of the head, connecting a large screen that sits over the eyes.
Apple revealed its long-rumored augmented reality headset Monday. Vision Pro has a large screen that lies over the eyes and does not need controllers
The headset lets users merge the real world with a digital one
‘With Vision Pro, you’re no longer limited by a display,’ Cook said, introducing the new headset.
Rumors speculated that the headset would feature a mixed reality, but Apple has focused solely on AR.
Apple calls it ‘spatial computing,’ which blends content into the space around you.
Users move their eyes and hands and say specific commands to power their journey through the augmented experience.
Apple’s human interface chief Alan Dye said that users will select content inside the goggles with their eyes, tap their fingers together to click, and gently flick to scroll.
And the EyeSight feature shows people in the room your eyes, unlike Meta’s Quest, which features an opaque visor.
Vision Pro’s exterior screen goes dark when a user is fully immersed in a virtual world.
When a person approaches a user in full virtual mode, the headset will show the user and the outside person to each other.
‘You’re never isolated from people around you,’ Dye said. ‘You can see them, and they can see you.’
For work uses, Apple showed how the headset could be used with a trackpad and keyboard to work like a traditional computer with multiple displays.
Once users power up the device, they will be shown a dashboard of apps similar to other Apple products
Apple’s human interface chief Alan Dye said that users will select content inside the goggles with their eyes, tap their fingers together to click, and gently flick to scroll
The headset launch will see Apple test a market crowded with devices that have yet to gain consumer traction and put it in direct competition with Meta Platforms.