The Apple Vision Pro: Taking Augmented Reality to the Next Level

Debuted at this year’s Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC23) in June, the Apple Vision Pro embodies the newest evolution in spatial computing.

Shunning the label of a VR headset, Apple refers to the Vision Pro as a “spatial operating system” that blends digital content with your physical space. With customizable levels of immersion that can respond to your surroundings, the digital environment can move beyond the boundaries of the display to create a seamless blended reality navigable with your eyes, hands, and voice. From a productivity perspective, the Apple Vision Pro frees you from your desktop and allows you to create the perfect workspace that adjusts to your needs and enables free movement between apps and functions while still staying present and able to interact with the world around you.

It’s not all work and no play with the Apple Vision Pro, though. With more pixels than a 4K TV for each eye, Apple’s first 3D camera, immersive spatial audio, and wrap-around panoramic technology, the headset gives you even more opportunities not only to capture photos and videos and relive them as if you were still in the moment, but also to feel like you’re part of the action in movies, shows, and games.

In spite of all this computing power, the Apple Vision Pro isn’t a heavy, bulky piece of equipment, either—the whole thing weighs just under a pound.

With up to two hours of full capacity use unplugged, or all-day plugged in, it’s no question the new Apple Vision Pro delivers a powerful punch. What is still up for debate? How, why, and when you would use it.