Apple has finally unveiled its much-rumored Vision Pro headset after years of speculation and anticipation. The tech giant also announced a range of first-party and third-party accessories to enhance the Vision Pro experience.
Vision Pro Headset Tech Specs
The Vision Pro headset itself features high-resolution displays providing a visually immersive experience equivalent to a 250-inch screen viewed from 5 meters away. The displays support both 2D and 3D content in full color.
The headset incorporates Apple’s new in-house VR chip providing lighting-fast processing speeds allowing for seamless interactions. Gesture recognition and eye tracking technologies open up innovative methods of control.
Apple claims the Vision Pro battery lasts up to 3 hours of intensive use on a single charge. Standby time is unspecified but likely measured in days rather than hours.
Vision Pro Tech Specs
|Dual 3.5K OLED, 90/120Hz
|Apple VR chip
|Up to 3 hours active use
|Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking
|Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Eye tracking
Vision Pro Accessories
Apple announced various first-party accessories allowing users to protect their Vision Pro investment and enhance the experience.
The $199 Vision Pro Travel Case provides storage and transportation for the headset, battery, and charger. It includes a soft microfiber lining to prevent scratches.
Vision Pro owners can purchase a spare rechargeable lithium-ion battery promising up to 25 extra hours of standby time for $199.
The standard Vision Pro Fabric Case offers basic protection during use for $49. It appears to lack housing for the battery pack which may disappoint some.
Third parties are also jumping on the Vision Pro accessory bandwagon. Renowned accessory maker Belkin announced an upcoming Vision Pro Battery Clip for attaching an external battery pack. No further details are available but Belkin promises its battery clip in time for the Vision Pro launch.
Order Period Opens and Shipping Starts Feb 2
Customers in the United States can order the Vision Pro and accessories from January 20. The devices start shipping on February 2 with availability in other countries coming later.
Vision Pro pricing starts from $1999 Positioned as a high-end productivity and creative tool rather than gaming headset, the Vision Pro is priced significantly above mass-market VR headsets.
CEO Tim Cook tweeted his excitement about the project coming to fruition, describing it as an “empowering, liberating, and mind-blowing spatial computing experience.”
What Next for Apple’s VR Approach
With the Vision Pro finally unveiled, speculation shifts to the future. Industry commentators expect rapid iteration of the headset itself and an expanding range of accessories.
An “Apple Vision” operating system tailored for spatial computing and VR productivity workflows is rumored for preview in 2025. This would bring Apple’s signature tight hardware and software integration to the VR space.
Either way, Apple is sure to rapidly build out the Vision ecosystem over the coming years. The Vision Pro is just the first step on a long strategic roadmap for Apple’s VR ambitions through the 2020s and beyond.
So in summary – Apple has taken the wraps off its long-rumored VR headset with cutting edge capabilities and signature Apple design. The accessory ecosystem helps extract maximum utility from the Vision Pro for a premium price. This exciting product launch kicks off a new long-term product category that will see rapid evolution over subsequent hardware and software iterations. Exciting times ahead!
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