Apple’s first spatial computer, the Vision Pro, is scheduled to be released in March 2024, according to a media report. Apple is currently fleshing out its plans for the mixed reality headset internally. Initially, it was also considered to release the computer glasses in January. Officially there is still talk of “Early next year” – the Vision Pro was announced in June at the WWDC developer conference. The market launch is scheduled to take place in the USA. It is still unclear when the Vision Pro will come to Europe.
The US financial news agency Bloomberg cites internal sources at Apple in its report. The Vision Pro is therefore still undergoing final tests. These need a little more time than previously expected. In September, in the keynote video for the iPhone event, Apple boss Tim Cook publicly reiterated that the company was on schedule with the Vision Pro. However, he did not reveal any further details.
Behind closed doors
Apple’s mixed reality headset hasn’t made a public appearance since WWDC, but has apparently been given to app developers to test behind closed doors on various occasions in various locations. The headset and especially the operating system, visionOS, made further visible progress over the course of the appointments, heise learned online from various sources. This can also be seen in the beta versions of visionOS, which are available for registered developers to download. Market readiness in March therefore seems very likely.
Apple is considering hosting its own event to release the Vision Pro, according to Bloomberg. The first apps released by third-party developers will be presented at this event. It is also likely that Apple will use this opportunity to present its own offerings in the areas of films, series and sports that make use of spatial representation. Apple is also said to be fine-tuning its sales plans. The headset will be customized and set up for shoppers in Apple’s own stores. Equipping with lenses for vision correction is particularly challenging here.
Will it remain with the M2 chip?
The hardware already made a well-developed impression when it was presented in June. Selected media representatives, including from heise online, were able to try out the device for half an hour at Apple Park in California. In addition to the high resolution of the displays, the special features include, among other things, the control using eyes and hands, which is unparalleled in quality among devices currently available on the market.
Apple’s headset with two 4K displays inside and an outside display on the front is said to be available starting at $3,499. It is powered by an M2 chip and a new R1 chip, although it is still a mystery as to whether Apple might publicly switch to the recently introduced M3 at the last minute. This is particularly recommended for the headset due to its advances in graphics performance and higher energy efficiency. With an external battery pack, the Vision Pro should be usable for two hours.
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