Apple shows its AR glasses of the future
Apple has introduced its new “One More Thing” – AR glasses that merge the virtual with the real world.
Apple boss Tim Cook (62) wants to bring the digital world into the real world. As part of the WWDC 2023 developer conference, the company presented its latest “One More Thing” – augmented reality (AR) glasses. Apple Vision Pro is intended to interweave digital content with the space on site and bring users closer to “spatial computing”, as the company calls it.
Apple’s “spatial computer”
It’s the first Apple product you can see through, not look at. For years, the company has been working on Apple Vision Pro and thus on a new AR platform, explained Cook, who presented the whole thing as “revolutionary”.
The glasses offer two displays that can display 23 million pixels and are powered by an M2 chip. Meanwhile, a new R1 chip should ensure that the input from twelve built-in cameras, five sensors and six microphones is processed in real time. The glasses should run practically silently. Meanwhile, a rechargeable battery provides power for up to two hours, for anything more than that, the glasses have to be connected to the cable.
After putting on Apple Vision Pro is unlocked via “Optic ID”. The system analyzes the irises of users. With simple gestures, using the eyes and voice, users can operate the three-dimensional user interface, which displays apps as usual with individual icons. For example, it is possible to look at a search field and type in the desired term using a voice command.
Pro glasses at a premium price
Open apps can be resized and placed anywhere in the room. And to escape from one’s own space, immersive environments are meant to represent expansive landscapes. Gaming is of course possible and video calls show participants life-size. Users can also take 3D photos and videos themselves at the touch of a button. For series and film enjoyment, Apple is cooperating with Disney, among others, in addition to its own Apple TV+ offering. The Disney+ streaming service should be available for Apple Vision Pro on the day of release.
Of course, everything is intertwined with the Apple ecosystem. Content should be able to be synchronized with other devices such as the iPhone and users can, for example, show the screen of their own MacBook using glasses. In all of this, users should not be isolated. “EyeSight” enables others to see the wearer’s eyes when they are in the room.
If you want to be there right from the start, you may have to start saving soon. According to Apple, the cheapest variant will cost $3,499 in the US. Apple Vision Pro is slated for release in the United States early next year, with additional countries later this year.
More new hardware
Apple wants to satisfy high-end demands with the new Mac Studio and a new Mac Pro. Equipped with an M2 Max and a fresh M2 Ultra chip, the devices should deliver significantly more performance than their predecessors. But the whole thing has a high price: The Mac Studio is available from 2,399 euros, the Mac Pro from an unbelievable 8,299 euros. They are available to pre-order now and will start shipping on June 13th.
Laptop users get away cheaper. A new MacBook Air with a 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display and M2 chip is just 11.5 millimeters thin and weighs around 1.5 kilograms. Apple is certain that it should be “the best 15-inch laptop in the world”. The device can be pre-ordered now and will be available from June 13th in the colors Polarstern, Space Gray, Silver and Midnight from a price of 1,599 euros.