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Apple's Announced New AR/VR Vision Pro Headset, Starting at $3499, M2 & R1 Chipset, VisionOS

Apple finally unveiled its new mixed-reality headset, Apple Vision Pro during the WWDC 2023 event. The Vision Pro will run on a brand new platform called visionOS which Apple also describes as a "spatial computer" that focuses on AR tasks such as FaceTime, Video playback, internet browsing and more.

The Vision Pro comes boasts a dual-chip design with Apple's M2 chipset and the new R1 chipset to handle inputs from the 12 cameras, 5 sensors, and 6 microphones for "real-time sensor processing." Besides, Apple also claims that the R1 chip "virtually eliminates lag, streaming new images to the displays within 12 milliseconds."

As for the design, the front of the Vision Pro is made of polished glass, surrounded by a lightweight aluminum frame. The upper part of the frame is where the "Digital Crown" button is located which allows users to control how present or immersed they are in an environment.

Vision Pro features a 23-million pixel panel that has more pixels than a 4K TV on the dual micro-OLED panels. Not only that, but the Vision Pro also features an innovative technology known as EyeSight, allowing the external display to show visual cues when you're in an AR app; or display the user's eye when a person approaches around them.

Moreover, the Vision Pro does not require a controller to function. Instead, it is based on optical hand tracking, eye-tracking, and even voice input. Also, the Vision Pro is equipped with an external battery pack, which Apple claims can provide

Apple Vision Pro will be launching in the US first in early 2024, priced at $3499, with more countries coming later next year.


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