The $3,499 Vision Pro from Apple Has A Release Date At Last
January 10, 2024 / By Zunair Tahir / Tech News
According to Apple, the much-anticipated Vision Pro headset will be available for purchase in the US on February 2.
Although a debut date for the UK has not been announced, US buyers may pre-order the $3,499 (£2,749) mixed-reality device starting in mid-January.
It is the company’s first significant new product introduction since the 2015 debut of the Apple Watch.
In June 2023, the headgear was unveiled by the corporation following years of speculation throughout development.
However, problems have arisen since then. The Financial Times reports that Apple has cut its manufacturing estimates in half, from an expected one million devices in 2024 to only 400,000 units.
In addition to the release date, Apple said that the gadget would have 256GB of storage and made it clear that, in the case of an individual who is not able to utilize both eyes equally, the eye-tracking technology in the headset will be able to monitor one dominant eye.
Interestingly, though, the company is attempting to distinguish the headset from competing products by instructing developers to refer to their applications as “spatial computing” rather than “headgear.”
It stated in a blog post aimed at developers, “Don’t label your app experience as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), extended reality (XR), or mixed reality (MR).
Additionally, Apple has posted an online clip that appears to be an effort to replicate the excitement around the 2007 arrival of the iPhone and has characters from movies wearing helmets and goggles.
If it is effective, Apple may be able to generate new multibillion-dollar revenue streams. However, given that so many people worldwide struggle to pay for necessities, the expensive cost will probably confine this to the status of a toy for the wealthy.
The “mixed-reality” experience consists of digital stuff that is projected into your environment.
A single button on the upper right section of the headset has to be physically pressed in order for you to see the familiar app icons for iMessage, Photos, and Apple TV (more will appear as developers create them).
From that point on, everything revolves around gesture control. The headset detects your gaze, so when you look at an app, pinching your thumb and fingers together causes it to open.
A physical dial allows you to adjust the degree of immersion by increasing or decreasing the size of the object you’re viewing. It might take up the whole space or have the appearance of a TV screen pressed up against your wall.
However, regardless of your level of immersion, you may see someone walking in front of you in real life.
Nevertheless, if there was a problem during the demo, a representative from Apple would always warn us that it was still in its early stages and that any footage captured during the session could not be uploaded to the internet.
According To A Source, Apple Is Set To Start Shipping Vision Pro In Bulk
December 26, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Tech News
Often dependable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in a note on Monday that Apple will start shipping large quantities of its Vision Pro mixed-reality headset “in the first week of January” before introducing it at Apple Stores in late January or early February.
According to Kuo, Apple intends to supply “approximately 500,000” Vision Pro units in an effort to ensure the greatest possible start to the company’s most significant product launch in years.
According to the current mass shipment schedule, Kuo predicted that the Vision Pro would likely hit store shelves in late January or early February. These remarks aligned with a recent report from reputable Apple analyst Mark Gurman, who stated last week that Apple was getting ready to launch the headset “by February.” Since revealing the Vision Pro in June, Apple has not provided a firm launch date, just stating that it would be available in shops “early 2024.” Following that, rumors began to circulate that Apple will probably launch the mixed-reality headset in March 2024.
However, given that these two prominent tipsters are essentially stating the same thing, it is more probable than not that Apple will release the Vision Pro for sale in around one month—a bit sooner than anticipated.
German reported last week that Apple is now “ramping up production” of the Vision Pro at its factories in China, “setting the stage for a launch by February,” citing sources with knowledge of the situation. He continued by saying that for the past three weeks, the Vision Pro has been manufactured “at full speed at facilities in China.”
The tech behemoth is allegedly urging software developers to test their apps and submit them to Apple for evaluation in order to prepare for the upcoming mixed-reality headset as the launch date draws closer.
Additionally, Apple intends to teach employees of Apple Stores on the proper ways to introduce and display the Vision Pro to prospective clients.
Is the Vision Pro going to be successful? It’s hard to tell for sure, but the steep $3,499 price tag is one thing that could turn off a lot of potential buyers. There are also rumors that Apple is working on a less expensive model, although it could take some time before it is released.