If Apple is not present at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES), the annual convention dedicated to technological innovations in Las Vegas which has just opened its doors, that does not prevent the company from making sensational announcements. Thus, Monday January 8, the firm announced the date on which its mixed reality headset, the Vision Pro, will be available for sale in the United States. Starting Friday, February 2, Americans will be able to obtain it in all Apple stores and online. Pre-orders will be open from January 19.
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Presented in June 2023, the said headset should, for $3,499, “revolutionize the interaction between users and applications,” recalled Tim Cook, Apple CEO, in the press release. The latter even believes that the “era of spatial computing has arrived”.
Concretely, once equipped with it, the owner of the Vision Pro headset should be immersed in a virtual universe. As shown in early videos of the headset, the entire interface is controlled "by the user's eyes, hands and voice."
Furthermore, as soon as it goes on sale, users of the headset should have access to 1 million iOS and iPadOS applications. The headset will have its own application store, which will provide access to services like Fantastical, Freeform or JigSpace. In terms of office software, the user can also use Microsoft 365, Slack, the Magic Keyboard and the Magic Trackpad.
Of these many applications, 250 will come from Apple Arcade, the company's subscription video game service. Owners of the headset will be able to immerse themselves in Super Fruit Ninja, NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition or even Sonic Dream Team. With its high-resolution screens, they can also take a break from their game to watch movies and TV shows from Apple TV, Disney and Max.
To meet its many promises, the headset has 12 cameras, 6 microphones, 5 sensors, an association of the M2 chip with a newly created chip (R1), which should ensure high image quality. Enough to create, in the coming weeks, a frenzy among fans of the apple brand despite a very high selling price.