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Apple Vision Pro: the spatial computer

Apple Vision Pro: the spatial computer

10 août 2023
Guillaume Ducuing - Front-end developer - React | NextJS | PrismicGuillaume Ducuing

Apple is a master in the art of taking an everyday object and enhancing it to make it essential, like the iPhone which literally buried the BlackBerry (yes, remember, the cell phone with lots of buttons. .). Let’s discover this revolutionary space computer together!

Apple Vision Pro

Apple unveils Apple Vision Pro: the revolutionary mixed reality headset that will change your perception of the world

During the recent WWDC 2023, Apple finally lifted the veil on its highly anticipated mixed reality headset: the Apple Vision Pro. After months of anticipation and rumors, the long-awaited device is finally here, marking a significant step forward for the Apple brand. Since the launch of the Apple Watch in 2015, Apple hadn't released a major product, but this time around, they came out strong. So, fasten your seat belts and let’s explore the details of this new feature together!

A “revolutionary space computer” for professional experience

The Apple Vision Pro is billed as a “revolutionary space computer” by Apple. They even carefully avoid the terms "headset" or "virtual reality", "augmented" or "mixed". They clearly want to emphasize the innovation that this tool represents, as well as its professional aspect.

With visionOS, the world's first space operating system, you can interact with digital content as if you were right in it, as if it were real, as if you were touching the stars! Well, I still have to tell you that this headset is mainly designed for indoor use. It's not too bad, after all, adventure awaits inside! But, it should be noted that the portable battery provided by Apple, which plugs in via a cable and slips easily into your pocket, only gives you a measly two hours of battery life. So, what can we do with this famous Vision Pro helmet? The possibilities are quite tempting, let me give you an overview:

Source : Apple.com

The impressive features of the Vision Pro: Mixed reality without limits

Access three-dimensional applications: You enter a three-dimensional universe where all applications are available to you. They can appear side by side, no matter the scale, in infinite space. As a developer, I can very well imagine working with 3, 4 screens in front of me at home, with a virtual keyboard and simply a headset as the only working tool! Ah, I forgot to tell you, a brand new App Store will also be available for you to download all your favorite iPhone and iPad applications. And that's not all, the Apple developer community is working hard to create applications specially designed for this headset, just to amaze you!

Source : Apple.com

The impressive features of the Vision Pro: Mixed reality without limits

Endless possibilities with Vision Pro: 3D experience and new world of applications

Watch films and series as if you were at the cinema: Thanks to its two high-resolution screens, the Vision Pro transforms any space into a real cinema room. You sit comfortably, a virtual canvas 30 meters wide unfolds in front of you, and an advanced spatial audio system surrounds you with sound. Imagine, you can even choose breathtaking settings! And you know what ? You can also enjoy new types of video games that take advantage of the infinite expanse of the screen. Having cinema at your fingertips, isn’t that great?

Immerse yourself in immersive worlds: The Vision Pro literally transports you into 100% immersive environments. You can explore stunning landscapes, focus on your task without any distractions. All this, thanks to a small wheel called Digital Crown, located on the top of the headset. It's a bit like a magic button that allows you to adjust your level of immersion. Feel every detail, live every moment intensely!

Source : Apple.com

FaceTime & Camera: Interactions more real than ever!

FaceTime in immersive mode: FaceTime is not just for classic video calls. With the Vision Pro, you enter a whole new dimension! You can see your interlocutors in real size, as if you were physically with them. Imagine, you can even watch a movie together remotely or share photos. It's a bit like you have the power to be everywhere at once! All you have to do is scan your face with the headset and it will create a very similar interactive avatar so that your interlocutor sees your face!

A three-dimensional camera: And this is the highlight of the show, the Vision Pro is equipped with the very first three-dimensional camera! Isn't that incredible? You can capture your favorite moments, relive those magical moments and literally dive into the heart of your memories. And for even more complete immersion, the iCloud Photo Library is at your fingertips. Photos taken in panorama mode appear around you, making you feel like you're right in the middle of the action.

Source : Apple.com

Not right away, and not cheap!

Personally, I haven't been this hyped by an Apple product since the iPhone. All the tech journalists who have had the chance to test this product are raving about it. Unlike their competitors, they were able to offer a product that offers a completely different experience and is aimed at everyone, as Apple knows how to do so well. This is the problem with VR headsets today, is that the target is too gamer or sometimes, rarely business, but they have not reached the general public. Current VR headsets allow you to play games of average quality or to perform actions that are limited, limiting and which are socially questionable since you are perfectly isolated despite Meta's depressing proposition with the metaverse.

Apple arrives here with a product which, in my opinion, sweeps away the others and will perhaps be led in a few years to completely dethrone the iPhone and the Macbook (as the iPhone had dethroned the iPod). I think it will even change the way we consume content. As a web developer, I think for example that the design of websites, e-commerce sites for example, will be completely revised, this will perhaps be the end of internet navigation as we know it today: perhaps more even more application oriented (as is starting to be the case). In any case it's interesting, exciting and I can't wait to also see the response from the competition, who will have to revise their VR products to reach a wider audience and not get their butts kicked by the big apple.

Not right away, and not cheap!

Personally, I haven't been this hyped by an Apple product since the iPhone. All the tech journalists who have had the chance to test this product are raving about it. Unlike their competitors, they were able to offer a product that offers a completely different experience and is aimed at everyone, as Apple knows how to do so well. This is the problem with VR headsets today, is that the target is too gamer or sometimes, rarely business, but they have not reached the general public. Current VR headsets allow you to play games of average quality or to perform actions that are limited, limiting and which are socially questionable since you are perfectly isolated despite Meta's depressing proposition with the metaverse.

You must be eager to get your hands on this little gem, but you'll have to wait a little. The Vision Pro is scheduled for release in early 2024, first in the United States before being available in the rest of the world. Ah, I almost forgot to warn you, the price might make you cough a little. We're talking about $3,499, not really affordable for everyone. But hey, great adventures have a price, right? So, get ready to live an extraordinary experience with the Apple Vision Pro, the mixed reality headset that will propel you into another world. We'll see you in 2024 to discover what this wonder has to offer us!

Apple Vision ProSource : Apple.com