In Tuesday’s unveiling of the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro, Apple revealed a feature that will theoretically allow you to relive moments using the Apple Vision Pro. Pushing the concept of “spatial video” and “spatial photos,” the company explained that the upcoming phone’s new camera system, when coupled with the new A17 Pro CPU, will allow users to capture “3D video” and photos, that they can later move around in using the upcoming mixed reality device.
Apple explains that capturing these videos is accomplished by the phone recording using both the main camera and wide-angle camera simultaneously, then combining footage from both within the phone’s operating system. These photos and videos are sharable, allowing your friends to step into your memories, provided that they have an Apple Vision Pro.
The following was originally published September 5, 2023:
We previously reported that Apple has had to make significant cuts to the production of the Vision Pro, chiefly due to the sheer number of defective micro-OLED displays being produced by their contracted assembler, Luxshare. Now it seems the company may be having to change course once again, this time due to supply chain issues.
As reported by The Information, Apple is considering switching from their current micro-OLED supplier, Sony, to Chinese manufacturers due to supply shortages. Sony is reportedly hesitant to increase production, while Apple is trying to look at every option to remedy their issues with slowing production. Apple is already reportedly testing displays from BOE Technology and SeeYa Technology for potential use in both a next-gen Apple Vision Pro as well as a future, lower-cost mixed reality headset. Both of these companies have committed to micro-OLED display technology, backed by local government initiatives.
The following was originally published August 2, 2023:
Developers working on applications for the Apple Vision Pro have access to a range of tools, including actual hardware prior to the device’s official release. While it’s no surprise that security over such devices might be stringent, the actual lengths Apple has gone to to keep the device shrouded in secrecy has been revealed.
As reported by Ars Technica, the Terms and Conditions document for the Vision Pro Developer Kit is particularly restrictive. Specifically, under the “care and storage” section, developers are advised that the device must remain within line of sight at all times. The full paragraph reads:
“You agree that all access to, usage of, and storage use of the DK will be in a private, secure workspace accessible only by You and Your Authorized Developers (e.g., fully enclosed with solid doors, floors, walls and ceiling, and locks that can be engaged when the DK is in use). You must ensure that unauthorized persons (including any family, friends, roommates or household employees) do not access, view, handle, or use the DK. When in use, the DK should be in your positive control (on your person or within Your direct line of sight) at all times. You must ensure the DK is passcode protected. Never leave the DK unattended. When not in use, turn off the DK and store it in its locked Pelican case in a locked space that only You have access to (e.g., a locked room or closet, a safe or locked drawer). The DK may not be moved from or taken away from its ship-to address by You or Your Authorized Developers without Apple’s prior written consent. If You will be away from Your workspace for more than 10 days, consult with Your Apple point of contact about how to keep the DK safe while You are away. You agree to restrict access to the DK to You and Your Authorized Developers, and to take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the DK from loss or theft.”
Additionally, the Developer Kit must be returned to Apple within 90 days of the Vision Pro’s official launch, or at any time by Apple’s request.
The following was originally published July 5, 2023:
According to a new report by the Financial Times, Apple has had to make significant cuts to the production of the Vision Pro.
The report states that though Apple’s internal target for production for 2024 was 1 million units, Luxshare, Apple’s contracted assembler for the device, is prepared to make fewer than 400,000 in that time frame.
Complications that have lead to this scenario include Apple being unhappy with the amount of micro-OLED displays being produced without defects, the report states. Furthermore, it seems that Apple has been planning to launch a less costly version of the device (the base model will retail for $3,500), but these plans will be pushed back further due to complications stemming from micro-OLED display production.
Some industry experts are not surprised, with Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Anurag Rana and Andrew Girard saying, “[It] isn’t surprising to us, as it’s a first-generation product…Our original thesis called for only 500,000 units in the first year given the headset’s $3,500 price tag. We don’t expect the product to have significant financial impact for the next three years.”
The following was originally published June 5, 2023:
After much anticipation, Apple has officially revealed their augmented reality headset. The Apple Vision Pro is unique in its lack of physical controllers. Instead, menus are controlled by looking at them via eye tracking, as well as voice commands and hand tracking. Further differentiating it from other AR/VR headsets on the market is its ability to toggle between augmented reality and full virtual reality via a dial.
Its glass, ski-goggle like visor is housed in an aluminum frame containing 12 cameras along with 5 displays, and according to Apple, displays video in 4K. An external battery supplies up to two hours of battery life, and Bluetooth connectivity allows the user to use their Mac with the Vision Pro.
Apple calls the device’s display system “EyeSight,” which allows full transparency and your eyes to be visible during AR, but if toggled to full VR, your eyes will be obscured to let people know you are unavailable. The Vision Pro will support video calling through FaceTime, and most interestingly, will allow you to “relive” 3D video that the device has captured. Apple says that the headset will launch with full support for Disney+ and arcade.
Slated for an early 2024 release, the Apple Vision Pro will retail for $3,499
This story will be updated once more information becomes available.