• Apple Vision Pro headset revealed at the WWDC on June 5 and dubbed the first special computer edging out VR, AR and metaverses.
  • The device will be rolled out in the U.S. in 2024 before shipping to other nations.
  • This innovation has sparked a debate on social media on whether it’s the next technological step away from metaverse and virtual reality.

Apple Vision Pro headset challenges Metaverse’s continuity

Apple has released its newest product, the Apple Vision Pro headset, a virtual and augmented reality-powered device that challenges the highly hyped virtual existence “metaverse”. The searches of the word Metaverse and developments towards it have been slowing down and causing considerable losses to several companies like Meta.

This innovation had massive hype in 2021 when there was a bull cycle, but it died down as virtual and augmented reality competition set in. In the launch of the new Apple Vision Pro headset at WWDC on June 5, 2023, the word metaverse was omitted in the whole presentation. 

The company has dubbed the product its first “spatial computer”, moving further away from the metaverse. It has indicated that it will launch it in the U.S. near 2024, bearing a hefty retail price tag of $3,499, after which it will roll out to other countries.

Comparatively, Meta and Microsoft have both released their headsets which are used in generally the same purpose. However, instead of focusing on the terms “AR”, “VR”, and “Metaverse”, Apple has decided to go with “Spatial Computing.” 

Additionally, the Apple Vision Pro headset has the capabilities of both AR and VR, as it can even create the full experience of immersive environments. An excerpt from the official announcement reads:

“Featuring visionOS, the world’s first spatial operating system, Vision Pro lets users interact with digital content in a way that feels like it is physically present in their space.”

Though the product is distanced from buzzwords, it has received a generally high reception from social media, with people believing that it could be another step toward the future of technology.

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