TECHNOLOGY The Eyes Play Central Role in Apple's New Vision Pro Headset; Zeiss to Provide Rx Lens Inserts for Prescription Lens Wearers of the Device By Staff Wednesday, June 7, 2023 12:27 AM CUPERTINO, Calif.—At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC2023) this week, Apple unveiled Apple Vision Pro an innovative, first-of-its-kind spatial computer that blends digital content with the physical world, while allowing users to stay present and connected to others. Eyes and how people experience vision are a major element of Vision Pro. Apple said, "Vision Pro creates an infinite canvas for apps that scales beyond the boundaries of a traditional display and introduces a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by the most natural and intuitive inputs possible—a user’s eyes, hands and voice."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."“Today marks the beginning of a new era for computing,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing. Built upon decades of Apple innovation, Vision Pro is years ahead and unlike anything created before—with a revolutionary new input system and thousands of groundbreaking innovations. It unlocks incredible experiences for our users and exciting new opportunities for our developers.” Zeiss Optical Inserts for Apple Vision Pro. Yesterday, Aalen, Germany-based Zeiss announced it would provide prescription inserts for the new Apple Vision Pro headsets. "Zeiss is delighted to be working with Apple to provide precision optics for people who require vision correction, so they can fully enjoy the incredible visual experience offered by Apple Vision Pro." The company posted that Zeiss Optical Inserts for Apple Vision Pro will be available early next year in the U.S. The breakthrough design of Vision Pro features an ultra-high-resolution display system that packs 23 million pixels across two displays, and custom Apple silicon in a unique dual-chip design to ensure every experience feels like it’s taking place in front of the user’s eyes in real time. VisionOS features a three-dimensional interface that frees apps from the boundaries of a display so they can appear side by side at any scale. With two ultra-high-resolution displays, Apple Vision Pro can transform any space into a personal movie theater with a screen that feels 100 feet wide and an advanced Spatial Audio system. Users can watch movies and TV shows, or enjoy three-dimensional movies. A twist of the device's "digital crown" lets a user control how present or immersed they are in an environment. Apple Vision Pro has an all-new App Store where users can discover apps and content from developers, and access hundreds of thousands of familiar iPhone and iPad apps that automatically work with the new input system for Vision Pro. Apple said that its Apple Vision Pro also features EyeSight, a major innovation that helps users stay connected with those around them. When a person approaches someone wearing Vision Pro, the device feels transparent—letting the user see them while also displaying the user’s eyes. When a user is immersed in an environment or using an app, EyeSight gives visual cues to others about what the user is focused on.Apple Vision Pro will start at $3,499 (U.S.), and will be available early next year on Apple.com and at Apple Store locations in the U.S., with more countries coming later next year.