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Apple Vision Pro is coming to Australia

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The headset, which Apple never describes as either virtual or augmented reality – opting instead for a new definition they call spatial computing – went on sale in the US exclusively in February this year.

But today at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in Cupertino, an on-sale date for Australia was announced.

The Apple Vision Pro uses remarkably simple control gestures without the need for a physical controller. (Apple)

Apple Vision Pro will be available to order from June 28, with stocks hitting stores and delivering to buyers on July 12.

Sit back though, the price makes Apple Vision Pro one of the most expensive personal Apple products ever – launching at $5999 in Australia.

There’s no details on the success of the device in retail over the last few months in America, but the early glowing reviews of the device were countered by various reports of people returning them after a short amount of use.

Any “VR” headset is a vastly new concept for most people.

Meta’s Quest headset has been in the market over several iterations for many years, but with Apple in the market the concept is being exposed to a far wider audience.

On pure video quality alone, it’s second to none.

Pair with that some remarkably simple control gestures and the very fact it can be controlled without the use of physical controllers in the hand and you’ve got a remarkable concept.

The headset allows users to view images in life-size. (Apple)

Apple demonstrated new immersive video content, along with a new feature coming to the Vision Pro software which turns “older” photos into a 3D or “Spatial” photo which has depth when viewed on Apple Vision Pro.

Additionally, Apple is upgrading the software for Vision Pro to allow more developers to more easily create multi-screen and immersive experiences for users.

As with the iPhone, the Vision Pro’s success will be driven by new apps and ideas brought to life by developers – most of which we probably haven’t yet seen.

Trevor Long travelled to Apple Park as a guest of Apple Australia.

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