Apple’s much-anticipated mixed reality headset, the Vision Pro, is set to hit the US markets on February 2, with pre-orders opening on January 19. The innovative headset, supporting both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2023. Here’s what you need to know about Apple’s latest tech marvel.
Key Features and Launch Details
The Apple Vision Pro, running on the cutting-edge visionOS operating system, will be available for purchase both online and at all Apple Store locations across the United States. Enthusiasts can try out the headset at Apple’s retail stores by signing up for a hands-on experience.
Pre-orders for the Apple Vision Pro will commence on January 19 at 5:00 am PST (6:30 pm IST), providing tech enthusiasts with an opportunity to secure their units before the official launch.
Pricing and Packages
The starting price for the Apple Vision Pro is $3,499 (approximately Rs. 2,90,000) with 256GB storage. The package includes a Solo Knit Band and Dual Loop Band, along with a Light Seal, two Light Seal Cushions, a polishing cloth, a battery, a USB Type-C cable, and a USB Type-C adapter. Additionally, users will receive an Apple Vision Pro cover for the front of the device.
For those requiring vision correction, ZEISS Optical Inserts are available at an additional cost. Readers, which can magnetically attach to the Vision Pro, are priced at $99 (approximately Rs. 8,000), while prescription lenses are available for $149 (approximately Rs. 12,000).
While the US launch is set for February 2, details regarding prices and release dates for the Apple Vision Pro in other countries are yet to be announced.
Tech Specs and Unique Features
The Apple Vision Pro boasts two high-resolution micro-OLED displays, powered by Apple’s M2 chips. It incorporates an R1 chip to process input from 12 cameras, five sensors, and six microphones. The headset offers a three-dimensional user interface and input system controlled by a user’s eyes, hands, and voice. Users can control their level of immersion in different environments with the help of the Digital Crown.
Apple asserts that more than 1 million apps across iOS and iPadOS are compatible with the Vision Pro, automatically adapting to its new input system. The headset can be paired with a Magic Keyboard and Trackpad for productivity needs, and it supports streaming from platforms like Apple TV+, Disney+, and more. For gaming enthusiasts, the Vision Pro offers access to over 250 Apple Arcade titles.
With the Apple Vision Pro set to revolutionize the way we experience mixed reality, tech enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the pre-order date on January 19. Stay tuned for more updates on this groundbreaking product as it prepares to hit the shelves on February 2.