Apple is entering a new era. The Apple brand has just launched Vision Pro, a virtual reality headset that can be controlled with your hands, voice and eyes. Its price, its dangerousness… A look back at this new gadget which should change the perception of the world and will not leave you indifferent.
The “Apple Addicts” are delighted. The Apple brand, well known for its Macintosh and iPhone, is setting out to conquer virtual reality by launching its Vision Pro, marketed since February 2 in the United States. It should arrive in France this year. During the launch of this technological feat, the Cupertino company’s X account (formerly Twitter) even boasted of having designed “the most ambitious product ever created by Apple.”
Apple Vision Pro is the result of decades of experience designing high‑performance, mobile, and wearable devices — culminating in the most ambitious product Apple has ever created. Apple Vision Pro integrates incredibly advanced technology into an elegant, compact form, resulting… pic.twitter.com/o5pjhwYVFm
— Apple Vision Pro News (@AppleVisionPro) February 5, 2024
A virtual reality headset
Unlike its competitors, such as the Meta Quest 3, the Apple Vision Pro is positioned solely as a virtual reality device, leaving out augmented or mixed reality features. The major advantage of this headset is the creation of an immersive backdrop that reproduces the user’s environment in real time.
However, despite its impressive performance, the Apple Vision Pro encounters a big problem: its autonomy. The headset can only run for three hours on a single charge. To overcome this limitation, an external battery accompanies the user at all times. This clever solution extends battery life, but forces the user to carry the battery, often in their pocket, to maintain power. In a domestic environment, the headset can be connected to the mains via the external battery.
A revolution in “interaction”
For Apple, its Vision Pro “revolutionizes interaction with virtual reality thanks to gesture and spatial navigation.” By pressing a physical button, the menu expands into the surrounding space. Navigation is then done intuitively, whether by eyes, voice command or hand movements, with gestures such as pinching your finger to run applications or dictate messages.
Apple hopes to create a “space computer” by integrating features such as a virtual keyboard. The company is even reportedly working on a travel mode designed specifically for use on airplanes, although air travel restrictions may limit the experience.
Apple also explains that “sports enthusiasts will find what they are looking for with the Vision Pro.” Indeed, basketball fans can follow up to five live broadcasts, while keeping an eye on player statistics. Formula 1 fans can travel the entire circuit.
Sometimes crazy uses
A new feature that may surprise many: some people are adopting a rather unusual use of this new tool. On X, we can notably observe a man performing a parachute jump from a plane, while wearing a virtual reality headset.
In the same genre, two individuals walk in a park with helmets on their heads, walking a robotic dog. This situation provokes strong reactions on social networks: “I saw it all” and “This is getting really disconcerting”. Even the US Army is updating!
Is this the end of human interaction? Difficult to answer, however after the Macintosh and the iPhone, the Apple Vision Pro should change the daily lives of many people, in both good and bad ways.
A luxury product
One of the most striking features of the Apple Vision Pro, since its official announcement last June, is undoubtedly its XXL price. This virtual reality headset signed by the Apple brand costs 3,499 dollars (around 3,250 euros). A high price raising questions about the accessibility of this extraordinary product for a wider audience.