Yesterday we were astonished. The Apple Vision Pro was everything we had assumed and speculated for years. For about four years now, we’ve been hearing about the Apple glasses.
After the unveiling and the thousands of articles and news pieces we’ve written about them, there was still one last post missing: an article that explains what these glasses are. An article that answers the burning questions surrounding the Apple Vision Pro.
So, without further ado, we’re going to address all the doubts you have about these glasses, which are not few, and it has also taken us some time to gather all this information.
Are they virtual reality or augmented reality glasses?
The Apple Vision Pro glasses offer VR and AR experiences, although Apple doesn’t use those terms to describe them. Instead, Apple says it creates “spatial experiences” that “blend the digital and physical worlds.”
In other words, you can control how much you see of both using the Digital Crown on the side. By turning the crown, you can control the level of immersion in a specific application.
This reveals the real world behind the digital overlays of an application or expands what Apple calls “environments.” These extend beyond your physical room.
While some of the examples shown by Apple resemble traditional VR, most lean towards augmented reality, combining the real environment (captured by the Vision Pro’s full-color pass-through system) with its digital overlays.
Are they a stand-alone product or do they need to be connected to the computer?
Apple Vision Pro is a standalone device with its own operating system called visionOS and does not require an iPhone or MacBook to function. That’s why Apple refers to the headset as a “spatial computer.”
That being said, having an iPhone or MacBook alongside a Vision Pro will provide some advantages. For example, to create a personalized spatial audio profile for the headphone capsules, you will need an iPhone with TrueDepth camera.
Vision Pro will also offer MacBook owners a large virtual display that sits above the real screen, an experience that won’t be available on other laptops.
So, while you don’t need any other Apple devices to use Vision Pro, owning other Apple technology will help you maximize the experience.
Will Apple Vision Pro work even if we wear glasses?
The Apple headset works with glasses, but there are some things to consider. If you wear glasses, you won’t be able to use them with the headset. Instead, you’ll need to purchase separate optical inserts that magnetically attach to the lenses of the Vision Pro.
Apple has not yet announced the price of these accessories, as “visual correction accessories are sold separately.” Expect them to be quite expensive, similar to the glasses themselves.
Apple claims to offer a range of visual correction powers that will not compromise the display quality or eye tracking performance of the headset.
However, they also caution that “not all prescriptions are compatible” and a “valid prescription is required.” So, while the Vision Pro works well for glasses wearers, you’ll need to check for compatibility in your specific case.
How does the Apple Vision Pro work?
Apple Vision Pro utilizes a combination of cameras, sensors, and microphones to create a hands-free computing experience that you can control with your hands, eyes, and voice.
The front-facing cameras of the headset capture the real world in front of you and display it in its two internal lenses. The side-facing and downward-facing cameras of the Vision Pro also track hand movements, allowing you to control it with your hands; for example, by tapping your thumb and index finger together to click.
But what truly sets Vision Pro apart is the eye tracking, which is achieved through a set of infrared cameras and LED illuminators located inside the headset.
This means you can gaze at app icons or even the smallest details to highlight them, and then use your fingers or voice to interact or input commands.
How much are Apple’s glasses worth?
We already know the price, and it’s insane. The Apple Vision Pro starts at $3,499 and will be available for purchase next year (2024).
The price is undoubtedly outrageous and will only go up, depending on the hardware they come with.
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