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Apple Vision Pro: Features, price, hands-on experience, and all you need to know

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Apple VR/AR has been rumored over six years and is finally available. Eight months after Apple’s WWDC announcement of the Vision Pro, the headset has finally arrived. Headsets shipping Customers. The headset will take mixed reality to the next level.

Apple has even gone so far as to claim that the Vision Pro is “the most advanced personal electronic devices ever.”

Also: I’ve tested Vision Pro and top XR headsets, and this is the one that most people should purchase

Pre-orders are available for the deviceApple’s first sale began on January 19. Despite its steep price starting at $3499, the company sold 200,000 devices in just ten days. This was according to an insider. MacRumors.

This raises the question, “What is the answer?” Is the Vision Pro Worth the Price?? Here’s everything you need know about the new product from ZDNET’s editor-in chief Jason Hiner, including specs, features, and his own insights. hands-on experience.

Apple Vision Pro headset with battery

Apple Vision Pro with tethered Battery Pack 

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The Vision Pro headset is designed differently from many other AR/VR devices. The device, for example, has an external battery pack the size of an iPhone that connects via a cable to the headset. 

The user would therefore have to keep the battery in his pocket and deal with the dangling cables when using Vision Pro.

Also: MIT Reality Hack revealed how VR, AR and XR are gaining momentum.

Apple was able, by using a tethered power system, to reduce the weight on the Vision Pro headset. It is now noticeably lighter than its competitors. Apple says that this will solve one of VR headsets’ biggest problems: discomfort after extended usage. 

EyeSight is a feature that allows others to see the wearer’s eye when they approach. 

Apple Vision Pro demo at WWDC 2023

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The headset’s front is made of laminated, three-dimensionally formed glass. It connects to an aluminum alloy frame. The Light Seal, a soft textile, and three-dimensionally knitted HeadBand are available in a variety of sizes for maximum comfort. 

Apple’s device has two OLED screens that pack a total of 23,5 million pixels (more pixels than a 4K television for each eye). M2 chipSiri is a popular voice assistant that has 12 cameras, 5 sensors, 6 microphones and many other features. It also has the brand-new chip R1, which runs in parallel to the M2 chip so that there is no lag.

Also: Apple Vision Pro: 10 reasons why it is brilliant

The headset uses two amplified drivers in each audio pad. This allows it to deliver Personalized Spatial Audio that is tailored to the user’s head and geometry. 

The headset will have a crown that is similar to the one on the Apple Watch. This crown will allow users to switch between AR/VR. A knob will allow users to customize their fit and there is a button at the top of the headset for taking photos.  

Users will be able control the headset using eye and hand tracking. This feature is slowly being adopted by the other headsets in the market. They can also use voice commands. Users will, for instance, be able pinch to select and flick scroll.

Also: The best VR Headsets Right Now (and how Apple Vision Pro stacks-up)

Vision Pro runs a new Apple OS, VisionOS. This interface is similar to that of the iPadOS. This brings the continuity of Apple’s apps and services ecosystem into the headset. This operating system has been created to support spatial computing. 

The headset runs popular Apple apps, such as Facetime, Maps Mail, Messages Music, Notes Photos, Safari in mixed reality. This is a blend of AR and VR. It will also be launching with New Apps: 600 built for the headset including ZoomMicrosoft 365Slack, todoist and more.

Apple says that apps will feel as if they are in the natural environment and space of your home. Moving apps is therefore similar to moving real items around you. Jason Hiner said that after his 30-minute hands-on demo, moving objects was second nature. 

Also: Apple Vision Pro: People give 9 reasons for buying the $3,500 headset

Hiner stated that “within five to 10 minutes, I was opening and shutting apps, scrolling right to left up and down, selecting things, moving apps and windows in the space before me,” he said. “By the time the demo was over, I had done all of this without much thought. I also had a great deal of confidence and accuracy.”

Immersive video, one of the most attractive features of the device is that it allows users to feel like they are physically in the place where the video takes place. With the headset, for example, you can stream movies and watch them as if they were playing on a large screen in another environment such as the beach with immersive spatial audio. 

Apple Vision Pro demo at WWDC 2023

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The Vision Pro headset can also be used with existing streaming services, allowing you to continue using your favorite applications while wearing the headset. Users will be able access, for example, Disney PlusAmong others, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video Paramount+, Peacock IMAX and MUBI are just a few. 

Hiner said that the spatial video feature allows you to view your own videos on your iPhone. 

“The difference between normal photos and video and spatial photos is almost like the jump from black and white to color film and photography — although this might be an even larger leap.” Share this article Hiner. 

You are in luck if you want to use the headset at work. The headset will double as an external 4K Mac monitor by mirroring your Mac’s screen onto the AR interface. 

Also: How $400 XR glasses helped me cure my Apple Vision Pro FOMO

Facetime for Vision Pro also allows for videoconferencing within a collaborative environment. This will allow you to work on projects with your colleagues at the same time. The tiles will be “life sized” for the people on the phone call, and the audio will come from each person’s tile. This will allow for a more natural discussion. 

The caller will see the Vision Pro wearer’s “digital personality”Apple claims that the device uses machine learning to reflect in real time the wearer’s hand and face movements.

Vision Pro model

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The headset scans you face to create your persona. It then creates an accurate model of you, which moves with you and is realistic. This allows you to be represented on Facetime calls. Third-party conferencing applications, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, offer enhanced video calling on the app. 

VisionPro scans face

Vision Pro scanning a user 

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The Vision Pro comes with a price tag of $3499 for its base storage model. This sets it apart from other premium models like MetaHTCOther manufacturers who have been active in the sub-$1,000 price range. 

Apple offers two more storage options. $3,699, and the 1TB model, which retails for $3,899. The box itself includes the headset, the battery pack, a Dual Loop Band, a cover, a light seal cushion, a polishing cloth, a 0W USB-C Power Adapter, and a USB‑C Charge Cable. 

Also: Apple Vision Pro headsets are incomplete without this essential accessory

Zeiss Optical Inserts cost between $99 and $149. 

There are other options, such as Apple Care+ at $499 or 24.99 per month. You can also opt for accessories such as Vision Pro. Travel Case for $199.

Apple Vision Pro can be purchased on the Apple website or in stores. Pre-orders began on January 19. Units began arriving on people’s doorsteps on February 2. 

You can book a one-onone demo with an Apple Store Specialist to try the Vision Pro. The booking link can be found on the Apple Store. Here’s how to get in touch with us. You can purchase the Vision Pro to try for yourself and then return it. 

The Vision Pro’s return policy is the same as that of any other Apple products. You will have 14 days to send it back if not satisfied, or if the product was not what you expected. 

This is the three-and-a-half-thousand-dollar question. Apple Vision Pro’s suitability for you ultimately depends on your needs, interests, and use cases. Hiner has written two articles to help you make this decision:

ZDNET is currently reviewing the Apple Vision Pros. Stay tuned for more reviews and feature spotlights as well as buying advice. 


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