Apple Vision Pro releases in the US, deliveries and in-store pickups beginning today
Apple has officially launched its highly-anticipated Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality headset, priced at $3,499, now available for in-store pickup in the US. The all-new AR/VR device seamlessly integrates digital content with the physical world through an advanced three-dimensional user interface controlled by the user’s eyes, hands, and voice.
Made from a single piece of three-dimensionally formed laminated glass with an aluminum alloy frame, the headset creates an immersive experience with an array of advanced cameras and sensors. Spatial Audio, delivered through speakers near the user’s ears, enhances the realism of three-dimensional environments.
The Apple Vision Pro allows users to explore their entire iCloud photo library, viewing photos and videos at a life-size scale. FaceTime calls leverage the headset’s capabilities, reflecting participants in life-size tiles with Spatial Audio, creating a sense of presence.
During FaceTime calls, users wearing the Vision Pro are represented as a Persona, a digital avatar mirroring real-time face and hand movements using advanced machine learning techniques. This enables collaborative activities such as watching movies, browsing photos, or working on presentations.
The headset introduces a new App Store where users can discover content from developers and access hundreds of thousands of iPhone and iPad apps that integrate with the Vision Pro’s input system.
Running on the visionOS software inspired by macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, the interface is controlled through eye movements, hand gestures, and voice commands. EyeSight, a feature similar to Face ID, ensures users stay connected by providing visual cues about their focus when interacting with others.
The Optic ID secure authentication system, analyzing a user’s iris under invisible LED light exposures, ensures the device’s security. Customers who pre-ordered the Apple Vision Pro will now begin receiving their orders, with the headset available for pickup in-store starting today. The device is expected to expand to additional countries and regions later this year.