New Apple headset coming in February, could be used by hospitals

Apple's new mixed-reality headset, which will reportedly have uses for healthcare, will become available Feb. 2.

The Vision Pro, the tech company's first major product release in years, will go on presale Jan. 19, Apple said Jan. 8. The headset will cost $3,499 and be sold in Apple Stores, physically and online.

One reported use for the device is to aid surgeons with procedures, as some physicians already deploy virtual reality to assist with surgeries. Health systems have expressed interest in learning more about the new technology.

"The era of spatial computing has arrived," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a news release. "Apple Vision Pro is the most advanced consumer electronics device ever created. Its revolutionary and magical user interface will redefine how we connect, create and explore."

If it's adapted for healthcare, the Vision Pro will join other Apple devices that have been adopted by health systems and patients over the years, such as the iPad and Watch, while others, such as a noninvasive glucose monitoring device, are rumored to be on the way.

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