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Apple Vision Pro is ‘Spatial Computing Device’

by Marco van der Hoeven

Yesterday Apple has unveiled the Vision Pro, a so called ‘spatial computer’ that blends digital content with the physical world. This device introduces a three-dimensional user interface controlled by natural and intuitive inputs such as eye movements, hand gestures, and voice commands. It will sell for 3,500 dollars.

With visionOS, a spatial operating system, Vision Pro-users can interact with digital content ‘in a manner that feels physically present in their space’. The device’s design features a display system with 23 million pixels spread across two displays and custom Apple silicon in dual-chip design.

At the launch of Vision Pro Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, drew parallels to the Mac and iPhone, emphasizing that Vision Pro introduces ‘spatial computing’. Mike Rockwell, Apple’s vice president of the Technology Development Group, highlighted the extensive development process involved in creating Vision Pro, which required innovation across multiple system components. The tight integration of hardware and software has resulted in a compact wearable form factor that, according to Rockwell, represents the most advanced personal electronics device ever created by Apple.

With visionOS the device provides a canvas for apps, allowing them to be displayed side by side at any scale, surpassing the limitations of traditional displays. Vision Pro supports Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. The device also supports entertainment experiences, transforming any space into a personal movie theater with its two ultra-high-resolution displays and advanced Spatial Audio system. A new App Store for Vision Pro is set up to offer apps and content from developers, including iPhone and iPad apps that automatically work with the device’s input system.



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