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[Review] Apple Vision Pro: Tech giant releases mixed-reality headset

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David Phelan
A model of the Apple Vision Pro, which was released in early 2024.

In a groundbreaking move, Apple Inc. has released its highly anticipated mixed-reality headset, the Apple Vision Pro. Boasting spatial video and photos, the device introduces interactive digital experiences, rivaling the quality of top-notch TVs with its high fidelity video. The immersive environments provided by the headset have been likened to stepping into a holodeck, revolutionizing the way users engage with digital content.

Pros:
  1. Spatial video and spatial photos deliver must-see features.
  2. Interactive digital experiences open new possibilities.
  3. High fidelity video competes with the best quality TVs.
  4. Immersive environments feel like being on a holodeck.
Cons:
  1. Regular recalibration is required for eye tracking.
  2. Uncomfortable for extended use.
  3. Immersive apps are still in their early stages, with limited options.
  4. Not suitable for exercise or other active uses.

The Apple Vision Pro specifications include a 3660×3200 Micro-OLED display with variable refresh rates, 16GB RAM, and storage options ranging from 256MB to 1TB. Equipped with an M2 processor featuring an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, the headset boasts a 12ms latency for smooth performance. The array of sensors, including hi-res capture cameras, hand tracking cameras, eye-tracking cameras, LiDAR scanner, and TrueDepth camera, contribute to its advanced capabilities.

The device also integrates spatial audio with dynamic head tracking and biometric authentication through Optic ID, stored on a local Secure Enclave. Connectivity features Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3, while the headset weighs between 600-650g, with an additional 353g for the battery pack. However, the battery life is limited to 2 to 2.5 hours.

With a price tag ranging from $3,500 to $3,900, plus $499 for Apple Care Plus, the Apple Vision Pro is a significant investment for those looking to experience the future of mixed-reality technology. As pre-orders commenced on Jan. 19 and the device hit the shelves on Feb. 2, users in the United States can now explore the possibilities of this cutting-edge device, while the global launch remains on the horizon.

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Jaser is a freshman new to Melissa High School. He enjoys playing video games, watching anime and playing tennis.

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