Apple heralds a “new era of computing” with the release of the $5,000 AR headset

Nearly a decade after the debut of the Apple Watch, Apple has launched another groundbreaking hardware offering, the Apple Vision Pro — an augmented reality headset that heralds a new era in spatial computing.

With the introduction of visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system, Apple Vision Pro offers a three-dimensional user interface driven by natural inputs such as the user’s eyes, hands and voice.

The much-anticipated headset was unveiled during the developer conference at Apple Park, which Apple CEO Tim Cook said aims to “seamlessly merge the real world and the virtual world.”

The Vision Pro, which has a two-hour battery life, is expected to launch in the US early next year.

However, the hefty A$5,000 price tag is well above other virtual reality headsets on the market, including Meta’s recently announced Quest 3, which retails for $499 in the US.

Welcome to the age of spatial computing with Apple Vision Pro. You’ve never seen anything like it!

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 5, 2023 “New Era in Computer Science”

Introducing the product on Apple’s website, Cook said, “Today marks the beginning of a new era for computing.”

“Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing and the iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, the Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing.

“It opens up incredible experiences for our users and exciting new possibilities for our developers.”

Immersive AR environment.

Personal Cinema

Apple Vision Pro features two ultra-high-resolution displays that can transform any room into a personal cinema.

Apple’s immersive video, with its high-resolution 180-degree footage and spatial audio, offers a series of immersive videos that take users to whole new places.

In addition, the immersive audio system ensures an incomparable cinematic experience.

First 3D camera

The headset also features Apple’s first three-dimensional camera, enabling spatial photos and videos that allow users to relive their moments.

Spatial computing also opens up new possibilities for gaming, offering titles that span the spectrum of immersion and transporting players into immersive virtual worlds.

Leveraging its spatial capabilities, the wearable device provides a lifelike experience, where participants appear in life-size tiles and the audio is spatially adjusted to their position.

Room photos and videos.