Apple plans to release its Vision Pro mixed-reality headset in March, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The tech giant reportedly plans to release the headset in January, but is still preparing distribution plans and conducting final testing of the device.
When Apple unveiled the $3,499 Vision Pro back in June, the company said it would be released in early 2024, so Apple is technically on track with the release timeline.
The headset will launch first in the United States, and is expected to be released in additional countries by the end of the year, including Canada and the United Kingdom. Since Apple usually holds its spring event in March, the tech giant is likely to use the event to promote the Vision Pro.
The software that powers Vision Pro is called visionOS, which Apple describes as “the first OS designed from the ground up for spatial computing.” The software’s three-dimensional interface frees apps from the confines of traditional displays.
Apple says the App Store for the Vision Pro headset will include all compatible iPhone and iPad apps by default. Additionally, over 100 Apple Arcade titles will be available to play on VisionOS at launch.
Unlike some AR headsets on the market, the Vision Pro’s battery pack is not built into the device itself. Instead, a wire from the back connects to a battery pack, which provides up to two hours of use. Or, users can plug into the wall for all-day use.
The headset has a standard M2 chip, which is paired with a new R1 chip, which captures video streaming. The Vision Pro uses micro-OLED technology to pack 23 million pixels into two displays. The Vision Pro includes a feature called “EyeSight,” which uses a front-facing display to reveal your eyes to other people in the room.
The price tag of the device suggests that it is aimed at business buyers, rather than regular consumers. As TechCrunch’s Brian Heater previously noted, the “Pro” part of the device’s name seems to suggest that a more affordable version could arrive at some point in the future.