Step into the future with Apple’s groundbreaking creation, the Vision Pro – a mixed reality headset that shatters preconceptions. Unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2023, and officially launched in the United States on February 2, 2024, the Vision Pro is Apple’s first major product venture since the Apple Watch in 2015.
Marketed as a “spatial computer,” this device seamlessly integrates digital media with the physical world, ushering in a new era of interaction. With features like motion gestures, eye tracking, and speech recognition, the Vision Pro provides a revolutionary interface without aligning itself strictly with virtual or augmented reality, as emphasized by Apple’s deliberate choice of language in presentations and marketing.
At its core, the Vision Pro runs on visionOS, a mixed-reality operating system derived from iOS frameworks. The 3D user interface supports multitasking through floating windows, visible through the headset’s integrated cameras. A unique dial enhances immersion by masking the camera feed with virtual surroundings.
Notably, the device introduces avatars or “Personas,” generated by facial scanning, displayed on the front-facing screen as “EyeSight.” This not only serves as a visual representation but also communicates the user’s level of immersion and aids in seamless interaction. Apple Vision Pro is more than just a device; it’s a transformative journey into the uncharted realms of mixed reality.