This new kind of computer makes use of augmented reality eyewear to provide users with the opportunity to experience a mix between the digital and physical worlds.
The gadget makes the claim that it would provide its users with an endless canvas for app development, making it bigger and more immersive than conventional screens while also enabling users to maintain presence and maintain connections with one another.
This innovative approach to engaging with digital information is made possible by the inclusion of visionOS, the world's first spatial operating system.
Previous ideas, such as the metaverse, have held the promise of revolutionizing the way in which we interact with digital worlds, and architects have seized the chance to experiment with the conception of open-ended virtual environments.
Is it possible that this new piece of technology may usher in innovative approaches to experience three-dimensional places, therefore facilitating a more seamless integration of architectural and digital environments?
Apple sees spatial computing as a potentially game-changing innovation because of the way it fuses digital information with the real world. Users are able to interact with programs that are floating in the environment they are in using eye and hand motions, as well as voice control, while using Vision Pro.
Users also have the option to replace their visible surroundings with an immersive backdrop picture, which Apple claims would partially dissipate as a person enters the room. The user is not entirely severed from their connection to the real world due to the fact that the gadget turns their full field of view into a display.
Although Apple has stated that it plans to release new immersive games and films that were recorded using 3D technology, it appears that the formal presentation will not contain any totally immersive 3D settings.
The technology allows two-dimensional apps to be released from the confines of the displays of computers and mobile devices, allowing them to take up actual space. This not only increases their size and effect, but also allows them to continue to exist as two-dimensional visuals.
A white Apple Vision Pro augmented reality goggles
It may be too soon to judge the impact of this new technology on the way we experience spaces, but it appears to meet a widespread desire to shift away from constricting screens and toward more immersive situations while maintaining access to digital opportunities.
Augmented reality has proven to have a lot of potential for architects, with some using it to improve craftsmanship and on-site construction, others to gamify urban environments, and even to experiment and test out complex designs that would be expensive or difficult to implement in the physical world.
The area of technology has been rapidly expanding, with newly accessible Artificial Intelligence systems signaling the start of a digital renaissance in the twenty-first century.
At the moment, the field appears to be brimming with opportunities, and architects have been quick to react and experiment with the new tools, using ChatGPT to generate ideas, generative tools like Midjourney or Dall-E to transform text into images, and venturing into the promise of the Metaverse.
The prior success of CAD and BIM computing approaches has demonstrated that technical advancements have the capacity to revolutionize not just the way architects work, but also the range of ideas they can conceive.