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Just about every big tech company has tried to develop virtual or augmented reality headsets with mass appeal. Apple might be the first to pull it off. Unveiled in June and set to hit shelves in early 2024, the Vision Pro features micro-OLED displays, a dozen cameras, six microphones, five sensors, and a new Apple-designed R1 chip. There’s plenty that makes this headset unique, including gesture controls—wearers can navigate with eyes, hands, and voice—and the sheer number of apps it supports. An external screen shows users’ eyes to communicate their immersion as they toggle between augmented and virtual reality. CEO Tim Cook says the aim is to “blend digital content with the physical world in a profoundly new way.”

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