Apple’s chief, Tim Cook, recently took to Twitter (renamed X) to announce the impending release of the Vision Pro headset, set for February 2. This event is a significant leap for Apple as it marks their first foray into the virtual reality space, igniting widespread intrigue. Earlier this year, Apple garnered media attention by selectively inviting journalists to preview Vision Pro, sparking even greater anticipation following positive reviews.
Now, with its launch just around the corner, the general public is poised to experience Vision Pro firsthand. Elon Musk, X’s CEO, is among those eagerly awaiting its release. Reacting to Cook’s tweet about the headset, Musk expressed his excitement to try the device, commenting, “The era of spatial computing has begun! Can’t wait for Apple Vision Pro’s US debut on February 2.”
Cook had earlier unveiled Vision Pro in June, touting it as a groundbreaking new computing platform. Since its showcase at WWDC, there’s been a palpable eagerness among tech enthusiasts to explore its capabilities.
As the launch date draws closer, the anticipation only intensifies.
Priced at $3,499, the Apple Vision Pro is a premium offering. Apple has also released pricing details for the optional Zeiss prescription lenses: $149 for the lenses themselves, with reader lenses available for an additional $99.
The Vision Pro base model, boasting 256GB of storage, comes equipped with an array of accessories: a light seal, two light seal cushions, a protective cover for the Vision Pro, a cleaning cloth, a battery, a USB-C charging cable, and a USB-C power adapter.
Featuring dual 4K displays, one for each eye, the device allows users to switch seamlessly between virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) modes with a dial mounted on the side. It’s powered by Apple’s innovative R1 chip, designed to handle input from built-in sensors, cameras, and microphones, and complemented by the powerful M2 chip. The headset also offers sophisticated tracking of the user’s eyes, head, and hands, facilitating a controller-free interactive experience.
Additionally, the Vision Pro runs on visionOS, Apple’s latest operating system, engineered for easy integration with the majority of existing iPhone and iPad applications, requiring no extra effort from app developers. Apple also plans to enhance the user experience by providing access to a library of over 150 3D titles via the Apple TV app.