New Delhi — In a momentous hardware launch, Apple has finally revealed its long-awaited augmented reality headset, Apple Vision Pro, marking its first major release in nearly a decade.
According to a BBC report, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the new headset “seamlessly blends the real world and the virtual world”.
Apple also introduced its latest iPhone operating system and shared updates on the MacBook Air.
With a price tag of $3,499 — approx. INR 2,88,710 — the Apple Vision Pro headset is set to hit the market in early 2024. The company is set to roll out the device in the US market initially.
The announcement was made at a developer’s conference held at Apple Park, the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The event was broadcasted live on Apple’s official website and YouTube channel, allowing tech enthusiasts worldwide to witness the groundbreaking reveal.
Apple Vision Pro
Apple Vision Pro introduces a distinctive visual aesthetic, more akin to a pair of ski goggles than a traditional virtual reality headset.
The company opted to use the term “augmented reality” to describe the capabilities of the device. Augmented reality, also known as mixed reality, enables the superimposition of virtual objects onto the physical world, providing users with the ability to seamlessly blend reality with virtual elements through a visual interface.
Users can control the device through a combination of hand gestures, eye movements, and voice commands. For instance, tapping fingers together can be used for selection, while flicking gestures enable effortless scrolling.
Apple’s last major hardware release was the Apple Watch in 2015, making this augmented reality headset a highly anticipated addition to its product lineup.
Apple introduced iOS 17, the latest iteration of its renowned iPhone operating system. This update brings several noteworthy features, including contact posters and live voicemail.
Contact posters allow users to personalize their calling experience by associating a picture or image with their contact information.
When making a call, the recipient’s phone displays the caller’s chosen image, adding a personal touch to phone interactions.
Live voicemail provides real-time transcriptions of incoming voicemail messages, making it easier to quickly grasp the content of a message without having to listen to it.
Additionally, Apple has introduced a new feature called Check-In. This system automatically informs a designated friend or family member when the user arrives home.
Moreover, if a significant delay occurs during the journey, Check-In has the capability to notify others that the user has not yet safely reached their destination.
iOS 17 operating system is set to launch in the autumn of 2023.