LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)-Apple has reportedly unveiled a long-rumored headset on Monday, bridging the gap between the virtual and physical worlds while also demonstrating its prowess as a technology trailblazer in bringing cutting-edge products to the masses after others have fallen short.
After years of rumors, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the “Vision Pro” slimline goggles at the company’s annual developers conference, which was held on a campus in Cupertino, California, that late co-founder Steve Jobs helped create.
The device will be able to switch between augmented reality (AR), which shows digital graphics while users can still view objects in the real world, and virtual reality (VR).
“This marks the beginning of a journey that will bring a new dimension to powerful personal technology,” Cook told the crowd.
Customers will have to wait before they can get their hands on the device and should be prepared to pay a high price to boot, even though Apple executives gave a thorough glimpse of the headset’s capabilities during the last half hour of Monday’s event.
Once it is made available in stores early next year, Vision Pro will cost $3,500.
“It’s an impressive piece of technology, but it was almost like a tease,” said Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen. “It looked like the beginning of a very long journey.”
Apple framed the Vision Pro as the equivalent of owning an ultrahigh-definition TV, surround-sound system, high-end camera, and state-of-the-art camera bundled into a single piece of hardware rather than simply positioning the goggles as another vehicle for exploring virtual worlds or watching more immersive entertainment.
Even for Apple, D.A. Davison believes it is unrealistic to anticipate that people will pay the same price for an AR/VR headset as they would for a combo of both goods. Monday’s research note was written by Tom Forte.
Although the business hasn’t always been the first to try its hand at manufacturing a particular product, the headgear may become another landmark in Apple’s history of introducing game-changing technologies despite such skepticism.
Beginning with a bow-tied Jobs selling the first Mac in 1984, Apple has a long history of innovations.
The first Mac was sold by a bow-tied Jobs in 1984. This tradition continued with the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007, the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch in 2014, and its AirPods in 2016.
The business stressed that it drew on its decades of prior product design work while working on the Vision Pro, which Apple claimed required the use of more than 5,000 separate patents.
Users will be able to manage the headset and other apps with just their eyes and hand motions thanks to the range of sensors, 12 cameras, six microphones, and other hardware that will be included in the headset.
According to Apple, the experience won’t give users the frequent nausea and headaches that earlier identical devices did.
In order to display each user’s three-dimensional digital representation during video conferences, the company also created technology in this area.
The goggles will need to be plugged into a power outlet or a portable battery tethered to the headset, which may deter some users from using Vision Pro even if it won’t require physical controllers that can be cumbersome to operate.