Apple unveils its long-awaited augmented reality headset at WWDC: New Vision Pro is powered by your eyes, voice and hands – no controller needed
- Apple unveiled its augmented reality headset at its WWDC conference
- Vision Pro uses no controllers, but is powered by your eyes, voice and hands
It took years to do, but Apple officially launched its AR headset at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
The headset, called Apple Vision Pro, is the first of its products you’re looking for and not, CEO Tim Cook said during the live event on Monday.
The headset allows users to merge the real world with a digital world controlled by their eyes, voice and hands.
Vision Pro has a single thick strip on the back of the head, connecting a large display that sits over the eyes.
Apple on Monday unveiled its long-talked-about augmented reality headset. Vision Pro has a large screen that sits above the eyes and doesn’t need controllers
The headset allows users to merge the real world with a digital world
“With Vision Pro, you’re no longer limited by a screen,” Cook said, showcasing the new headset.
Rumors speculated that the headset would feature mixed reality, but Apple only focused on augmented reality.
Apple calls it “spatial computing,” which mixes content in the space around you.
Users move their eyes and hands and say specific commands to power their journey through the augmented experience.
Apple’s human interface chief Alan Dye said users will select content inside the glasses with their eyes, tap their fingers to click, and gently flick to scroll.
And the EyeSight feature shows people in the room your eyes, unlike Meta’s Quest, which features an opaque visor.
Vision Pro’s outer screen dims when a user is fully immersed in a virtual world.
When a person approaches a user in full virtual mode, the headset shows the user and the outside person to each other.
“You’re never isolated from the people around you,” Dye said. “You can see them, and they can see you.”
For business uses, Apple showed how the headset could be used with a trackpad and keyboard to function like a traditional computer with multiple screens.
Once users turn on the device, they will see a dashboard of apps similar to other Apple products
The launch of the headset will see Apple test a crowded market of devices that have yet to catch on with consumers and put it in direct competition with Meta Platforms, which owns Facebook.