Apple Vision Pro ‘spatial computing’ headset has finally launched

Apple Vision Pro gesture control

Apple‘s Vision Pro mixed reality headset has officially launched after concluding its pre-order phase, offering three storage options: 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB of storage. The base model starts at $3,499, with the higher storage variants priced at $3,699 and $3,899, respectively. However, these prices exclude the optical inserts necessary for those with prescription glasses, notes GSMArena.

One key design difference between the Apple Vision Pro and other VR headsets like the Meta Quest 3 is that the Vision Pro uses an external battery. It provides two to four hours of battery life, which is reportedly on par with other options you have. Although they are much more affordable than Apple’s offering. Moving on to the controls, however, the price difference gets reflected. The Vision Pro headset is fully controllable through eye and hand movements without needing you to carry external controllers.

Apple portrays the Vision Pro as a ‘spatial computing’ device instead of a VR headset

Notably, Apple takes a slightly different approach portraying the Vision Pro as more like an augmented reality headset while technically the device falls into the VR category. Although the device’s video passthrough still falls short of what an actual AR headset could achieve, the implementation of video passthrough in the Vision Pro is also the thing that sets it apart from other VR headsets.

Apple calls it a ‘spatial computing device’ instead of a virtual reality headset. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook noted the Vision Pro as the “most advanced consumer electronic device ever created.”

The company emphasizes the extensive app ecosystem available for the Vision Pro, with over 600 apps already accessible, including Arcade games. The headset is not limited to Apple’s proprietary content, as it supports third-party games designed for VR headsets, provided they can run on a Mac using the Virtual Display feature.

Before you head to get

Since this is a wearable device and the Light Seal needs to match the shape of your face, you need to measure the right size for you before you go ahead. You can easily do this with an iPhone or an iPad with Face ID. Additionally, if you use glasses for reading or prescription glasses, you will need to pay an additional $99 or $149 on top of the actual price of the headset as part of the Zeiss optical inserts. This launch marks Apple’s entry into the immersive virtual reality space.

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