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Top 5 Use Cases of the Apple Vision Pro


Callum Moates

Apple has recently released the Apple Vision Pro, marking a significant leap in spatial computing. The augmented reality (AR) headset has advanced features, controls, and sleek design, transforming how we interact, work, and play. The device integrates digital content with the physical world, allowing users to remain engaged and connected. The Apple Vision Pro is equipped with visionOS, the world's first spatial operating system, enabling interaction with digital content as if it were physically present in the user's space.

The device features a 4K micro-OLED ultra-high-resolution display system with 23 million pixels across two displays, powered by custom Apple silicon in a unique dual-chip design that ensures a real-time, immersive experience. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, describes the Apple Vision Pro as a groundbreaking innovation years ahead of its time, offering new experiences and productivity opportunities for both users and developers.

This blog dives into the varied use cases of the Apple Vision Pro in sectors like gaming, medicine and healthcare, retail, tourism, and education.

Gaming experiences

By eliminating physical controls, the Vision Pro's intuitive control system, which responds to eye movements, hand gestures, and voice commands, enhances the interactive nature of AR gaming. This level of intuitive interaction ensures a more engaging and natural gaming experience. Users must simply move their eyes or hands to navigate menus and handle virtual objects. This immersive interaction, realism, and sense of being present engage gamers at a deeper level.

The advent of AR technology in the gaming industry, particularly through innovations like the Apple Vision Pro, represents a shift in interactive entertainment. This tech creates an immersive gameplay experience that integrates digital content with the physical environment, enhancing the user's sensory engagement with the game.

Players can dive into various games on the App Store, boasting over 250 thrilling titles on Apple Arcade. They can experience NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition and the adventure of Sonic Dream Team on screens of any size, enhanced by stunning audio and compatibility with their favorite game controllers. Plus, innovative spatial games like Game Room, What the Golf?, and Super Fruit Ninja leverage the advanced features of Apple Vision Pro, revolutionizing the gaming space around players for truly immersive and captivating gameplay.

For multiplayer gaming, the Apple Vision Pro offers a unique and shared virtual environment while maintaining an awareness of the physical surroundings. This feature enables players to connect, interact, and compete with the game and each other in a cohesive digital-physical space. For instance, a strategy game could be played on a real tabletop, with the game terrain and elements superimposed onto the physical surface, visible to all players from their respective viewpoints.

Retail and shopping

By leveraging the Apple Vision Pro’s gaming capabilities and mechanics, brands can offer experiential 3D e-commerce shopping beyond scrolling through static 2D pages.

The headset's spatial technology allows products to be virtually placed in a user's real environment at their actual size through AR. This ability enables users to engage with 3D products using natural movements of their eyes, hands, and voice. Brands can use this technology by creating applications on Apple's pioneering spatial operating system, visionOS. These 3D shopping applications, if created, present brands with a way to showcase their products and offer users a fresh, interactive method of exploring these items.

The Vision Pro has 600 applications designed specifically for it, with some including retail experiences from brands like Elf Cosmetics, J. Crew, Alo, and Decathlon. The sports brand Decathlon’s recently launched 3D shop allows customers to take part in an immersive shopping experience where they can visualize and interact with sporting goods in 3D and retrieve information about each product from the comfort of their homes. 

Here are some potential applications of the Apple Vision Pro for retailers:

  • Virtual try-on for clothing and accessories: By using AR technology, customers can virtually try on photorealistic versions of outfits and accessories using the headset, seeing how they look in real-time without the need to change clothes physically. Shoppers can also mix and match different items to see how they look on a personalized mannequin.

  • AR visualization of furniture and home decor: The Apple Vision Pro can allow customers to place virtual furniture and decor items in their homes, seeing how they fit and complement their existing space. This virtual testing can lead to more confident purchasing decisions and reduce the likelihood of returns.

  • Product discovery: Though the technology is in its infancy, VisionOS’ developer toolkit contains VisionKit, which can identify products in photographs, opening opportunities for visual search use cases for brands.

  • Enhanced customer engagement: Using Apple Vision Pro in retail can create more engaging and interactive shopping experiences. Customers can explore products more immersively by rotating or zooming in on products, leading to increased interest and potentially higher sales.

Tourism and Travel

The Apple Vision Pro can superimpose individuals into different high-definition, dynamic virtual environments, offering the following benefits to users in travel and tourism: 

  • Virtual exploration of new places: The Apple Vision Pro allows users to virtually explore new places, including U.S. national parks like Haleakalā, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite, as well as the moon's surface. Users can view these virtual landscapes independently or as backdrops while watching movies, offering a unique way to experience distant or inaccessible locations.

  • Partnerships for immersive travel content: Apple has partnered with Disney and National Geographic to provide immersive travel experiences. Users can explore a version of Disney World and view travel videos through National Geographic more engaging and immersively than traditional media.

  • Third-party app development for virtual travel: The potential for third-party companies to develop apps for the Vision Pro is significant. For instance, the app Sky Guide will be available, enabling users to travel through space, stargaze, and view natural phenomena like the Aurora Borealis. Trip.com Group has also introduced an app on the Vision Pro platform to allow users to explore unique destinations like Mount Everest, Maldives, and Antarctica through realistic panoramic imagery.

  • Reliving past travels: The Vision Pro allows users to view high-quality photos and videos on the iPhone, helping them "relive" past experiences. Panoramas expand and wrap around the user, creating the sensation of being in the photographed place again. The headset's 3-D camera lets users capture videos and audio for later playback, enhancing how travels are remembered and shared.

  • Advanced technology for a natural experience: The Vision Pro is controlled entirely by the user’s eyes, hands, and voice, without extra controls. Its high-resolution visuals and advanced audio system are designed to make users feel like sounds are coming from within their physical space, providing a more natural and immersive experience.

Enhanced Education and Learning Experiences

Apple Vision Pro’s cutting-edge technology is set to enhance the educational experience for both students and educators through virtual learning environments. With its immersive AR features, the Apple Vision Pro allows for unprecedented visual comprehension, enabling students to interact with 3D models and virtual simulations as if they were part of their physical space. This interaction bridges the gap between theoretical learning and practical application, fostering a deeper understanding, creativity, and critical thinking.

The Vision Pro enables learners to interact with educational content in a lifelike manner, enhancing engagement and retention. For example, history lessons can become interactive walkthroughs of historical events or field trips to virtual museums. Science lessons can incorporate 3D models of cellular structures or molecules that would be hard for students to examine otherwise.

The device can allow immersive interactive discussions and presentations by allowing users to create a digital avatar during FaceTime calls, enriching collaborative learning environments. It also aims to bridge the gap between remote and on-campus learners.

IE University is pioneering use cases of the Apple Vision Pro in higher education by developing native education applications for the platform. The institution’s 6000 students have already experienced VR and AR elements as a part of their Bachelor and Master programs.

Medical visualization and training

The Apple Vision Pro is built with advanced AI, machine learning, nano-tech, big data, and imaging, making it ideal for healthcare professionals and students to engage with 3D medical visualization and training.

Imagine medical students and professionals being able to view complex anatomical structures in 3D space right in front of them. This technology allows for overlaying detailed, interactive human anatomy models in a real-world setting, offering an in-depth understanding that textbooks or flat images cannot match. Surgeons could plan and visualize complex procedures before stepping into the operating room, reducing risks and improving patient outcomes. 

In medical training, the AR headset can create repeatable and safe training scenarios to build advanced skills and competencies. AR technology enables the creation of realistic, immersive simulations for medical training. Students can practice surgical procedures, diagnose conditions, and learn anatomy using lifelike simulations, gaining valuable hands-on experience in a risk-free environment. This learning method enhances the understanding of medical concepts, improves knowledge retention, and provides tangible feedback on progress. Using AR in training also reduces training costs, resources, and space.

The Apple Vision Pro can simulate patient care scenarios, allowing medical trainees to navigate various clinical situations. These simulations can range from routine patient interactions to emergency response, providing a comprehensive training experience. The realistic nature of these simulations, enhanced by the Vision Pro's high-resolution displays and spatial audio, prepares trainees for real-world clinical environments. For instance, the Complete HeartX app on Apple Vision Pro allows medical students to train and practice with life-like 3D models of anatomical structures to help identify and solve issues.


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