Apple recently unveiled its latest operating system, visionOS, designed specifically for the Vision Pro virtual reality headset. The focus of this operating system is to present digital elements superimposed on the physical world. In a recently published video, Apple showcased advances such as drop-down icons and windows that seamlessly blend in with real environments. But is all this possible or is it just a successful demonstration?
visionOS: the way to interact with the world will change!
From the outset, know that you can use this system mainly through the use of your eyes, hands and voice. Apple demonstrated a new feature that allows users to enter text by speaking into a search field. Meanwhile, users can also interact by pinching to select items or swiping up to scroll through a window. Another notable feature of Vision Pro is “EyeSight”, which allows users to project their eyes onto the outside of the glasses.
Apple sees the Vision Pro as a tool to increase productivity, as demonstrated during a recent event. In the demo, an individual was seen examining different items, including Safari, Messages and Apple Music windows, all suspended above a table in the physical world. Apple also showed off a floating keyboard during the presentation. Vision Pro can connect with a Mac, allowing users to magnify the computer’s screen.
Significant entertainment capabilities
Apple demonstrated the ability to enlarge windows by pinching their corners, showing a clip from the Foundation program. A new feature called Environments was also highlighted, which allows users to view their screens in various backgrounds, such as a movie set or in front of Mount Hood, providing a personalized viewing experience. Vision Pro will also support 3D movies and Disney is developing content for its virtual reality glasses. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Disney Plus will be accessible from launch day.
Vision Pro, Apple’s next device, will be compatible with games and game controllers
In a demonstration, Apple showed a person using the PS5 DualSense controller with the Vision Pro. During its presentation, Apple announced that more than 100 titles will be available to play on the first day of launch of Apple Arcade.
Equipped with a 3D camera, the Vision Pro thus allows users to capture spatial photographs and videos that can be viewed later. Panoramic photographs have the ability to extend beyond the user’s field of view when viewed through the device. Apple also announced spatial improvements to FaceTime. In a press release, the company mentioned that users using the Vision Pro during a FaceTime call appear as a digital person. This persona is created with advanced machine learning techniques. Meanwhile, it reflects the user’s facial expressions and hand movements in real time.
Apple revealed that visionOS will introduce a new App Store, allowing users to download apps specifically designed for the Vision Pro. They will also be compatible with a huge number of apps for the iPhone and iPad, estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands, according to Apple.
The launch of Apple’s latest operating system marks an important moment for both the company and developers.
All things considered, the question remains: Will visionOS achieve the same level of success as iOS?
However, only time will tell. However, with the determination of Apple and the continued efforts of developers, the future holds great potential for visionOS to forge its own path and reach unprecedented heights.