Apple recently unveiled its new “space computer”, the Vision Pro, and it appears to be as impressive as expected.
In the run-up to Apple’s WWDC23 keynote, everyone was looking forward to the almost certain possibility of the company unveiling its own VR headset. And Apple has done so, although it is more about augmented reality and not completely digital. Vision Pro seeks to make augmented reality an everyday technology.
The device itself is sleek, true to Apple’s design, and is certainly one of the company’s memorable devices, even if it hasn’t been released yet. Apple is touting the Vision Pro as its first space computer. This means that you do not enter a digital world, but digital content that you can interact with in a physical space. Messages, websites, or augmented reality objects appear in the same space where a person is.
Vision Pro also gives you the choice of how immersive the experience is with just a turn of a knob. Anyone who is watching a movie can turn up the volume so as not to be disturbed by anything. But if you’re in the office and collaboration with your colleagues is important, there’s the option of being able to see them every time they enter the space. It’s about the immersion option, which is a great feature.
Upon being announced, Apple demonstrated how it is possible to enlarge the “screen” on the Vision Pro so that it looks like we are in a theater. Judging by the presentation, it is also possible to change the background so that you are fully immersed in a cinematic experience.
As a different way of recording memories, Apple also showed the ability to view photos on Vision Pro. Images in augmented reality are a very immersive experience and through the demonstration of panoramic photos, it is possible to see as if you were on a gigantic, curved screen. But one of the impressive features Apple showed off was the ability to record spatial videos or photos, which are basically 3D photos and videos. With the push of a button, it is possible to record a video in Vision Pro and play it back, which now has a depth as if it were a kind of hologram. It’s a great innovation, especially when you realize that these moments can now be relived in the most real way possible.
The Vision Pro is scheduled to launch early next year in the US, with other countries to follow. More information is available on the Apple website.