Over the past few weeks, I've been asking friends, relatives, and many strangers if they would like to buy an Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset. The answers range from an enthusiastic “Yes!” Many people couldn't understand what I was saying.
Deciding whether to purchase Apple's first mixed reality headset and experience Apple's first new product category in more than a decade is more than just a whim. There are things to consider, many of which are in my own head (I think my brain wants to put itself near this problem).
As far as I can see, it boils down to a few pros and cons. Let's start with why you should buy Vision Pro.
Why buy Apple Vision Pro?
New calculation method
Apple is great at creating words to represent things that already existed but weren't branded. Its origins go back to the iMac. At the time, the “i” was really about the Internet, and there were already millions of Internet-enabled computers. It's strange that the Vision Pro isn't called “iVision” since Apple has stuck with the “i” (iPod, iPhone, iCloud – redundant, right?) for so long. However, my point is that “spatial computing” doesn't actually mean anything. It's better branding than “mixed reality with VR.”
That said, Apple makes a compelling case for alternative devices that are great at not only helping you build and analyze your work projects, but also immersing you in games. The branding helps clarify Vision Pro's mission, and to be honest, it belongs in the plus column.
Apple rarely ventures into new categories. If you're tired of waiting for Apple to release an Apple TV or make an Apple Car (which it never will be), this might be the perfect opportunity to break into a new category. One of his truly unusual new ideas for Apple is on his first floor.
However, as usual, Apple didn't invent categories. Virtual reality has been around for decades, with companies like Meta and HTC establishing relatively successful beachheads in consumer VR. Even mixed reality isn't new, and Microsoft has given up on it, but Apple and many other companies believe that augmented reality is the true future of modified reality hardware.
Having used most of the major VR headsets, I can attest to their power and incredible immersion. However, they are not very intuitive. In most cases, you'll need a controller or learn a new navigation metaphor. The interface can be difficult to navigate. Apple Vision Pro is none of those things. Near-perfect eye and hand tracking for gesture control is revolutionary. In my experience, I rarely took my hands off my lap to make a choice. Almost every part of “spatial computing” can be done more easily and intuitively. If you want to see what the future of computing looks like, owning a Vision Pro is the way to go.
you will make new friends
When you tell someone you own an Apple Vision Pro, they'll probably ask you a million questions. The initial production run of the headset may have sold out, but reports suggest that few people will own the set since Apple didn't produce that many (I'm sure Apple will produce more Vision Pros) However, this has not yet been confirmed)).
Being one of those rare people will, well, make you feel special, and people might treat you that way (or maybe you'd be crazy to spend thousands of dollars on an unproven product). may be treated as a person). Imagine wearing Vision Pro on a plane (in Travel Mode, of course). He probably won't be able to finish watching one Disney+ 3D movie because he'll be busy answering questions from other people on the plane.
A moving space image
Few people have ever experienced home movies like this, and that's true with Vision Pro.
Apple's 3D Spatial Video System displays 3D video captured on the iPhone 15 Pro, as well as content that can be captured through a headset (which has a dedicated button), but it's more than just the pricey View-Master. The experience of watching a 3D video of your loved one taken by yourself is difficult to quantify as it increases volume and depth, making it feel exponentially more immersive than a flat photo or video. . It stirs emotions. As an experience that can be difficult to recreate with other headsets with poor visual quality, this belongs in the “buy” column.
An unparalleled AR experience
If you're itching to get into the world of mixed reality and VR, there may be no better option than the Vision Pro. Dual 4K microLED displays offer 23 million pixels of high-resolution images, surpassing Meta Quest 3's 2064 x 2208 single-eye visuals. Additionally, while the Meta Quest 3 and Quest Pro offer decent pass-through and AR images, they still pale in comparison to what I experienced with the Vision Pro's fully adjustable pass-through. I used the Digital Crown to go from full immersion to full AR integration with the real world. There's nothing quite like it in VR or mixed reality space, and it could be the best AR/VR experience for those looking to dive in.
Return of the theater experience
I've been to the cinema a couple of times since the pandemic lockdown began in 2020. nostalgic. With Vision Pro, you can get a movie theater-like experience without leaving your home (or your favorite comfy couch). Wearing the Vision Pro, we watched movie content while virtually sitting inside luxurious theaters and Star Wars landspeeders. No popcorn (sad) or sticky floors (sad). While I wouldn't want to eat while wearing the Vision Pro, the experience is realistic enough to give it a nostalgic feel of the theater.
The app has great potential
Apple promises 1 million apps will be available on Vision Pro at launch, but most of them aren't written specifically for visionOS or “spatial computing.” Are you okay. Remember the situation with the first iPhone? There wasn't even an App Store. That quickly changed, and now there are 2 million iPhone apps to choose from.
You can do the same with Vision Pro, and once you see what the few native Vision Pro apps that exist can do, you'll want to use them even more. This is consumer hardware with almost limitless possibilities. That's a positive in my book.
Reasons not to buy Apple Vision Pro
At $3,499 (about £2,750 or AU$5,300) for the base model, Apple Vision Pro is quite expensive, so you could end up paying nearly $300 a month on an installment plan to own it. I'm sure some people would be quick to dismiss the idea of buying a headset because it's so expensive, but Apple has made it possible for Apple to offer products in a different world where high inflation rates and cost-of-living crises aren't draining everyone's wallets. It looks like they are expanding their business.
To be fair, Apple started developing Vision Pro long before the recent economic turmoil, and we also know that some people will pay almost anything for Apple's magic. Still, this is more than just a purchase consideration. It's an investment. To make matters worse, people who wear glasses end up paying a lot of money for Zeiss inserts ($99 to $149), and even more if they need more than 256 GB of storage. It will be. As far as I know, price is one of the biggest barriers to purchasing a Vision Pro.
There's no getting around the fact that when you wear the Apple Vision Pro, you're carrying a 1.3 lb/0.6 kg device on your head. Apple's dual-loop band is included in the box and provides the most comfortable fit, but wearing the Vision Pro isn't like wearing glasses. You may feel a weight on some parts of your head and it may not be as comfortable as you thought. If the heaviest item you wear on your head is a baseball cap, the Vision Pro may be too heavy.
Apple often touts all the ways you can enjoy content with Vision Pro, including panoramic photos, viewing spatial photos and videos, and streaming movies. But less talked about is that most of your activities are done alone. There's no point in watching a movie on Vision Pro while you're sitting next to your family.
From watching the morning news, to work and email, to large-scale 3D projects, to evening entertainment, you can spend all day in Vision Pro's spatial computing world (when the battery is plugged in). ). That's a lot of alone time too. Probably too many.
Well, you don't want to be cut off from the people around you. Apple also has a solution for that. EyeSight allows you to see your eyes to the person next to you. It looks a little weird in my experience, but sometimes it works automatically. That's probably because what others see in Vision Pro is a recreation of what Vision Pro's internal camera sees, rather than what your eyes actually look directly at.
You can also make FaceTime calls with other people wearing Vision Pro, but you'll be speaking with a persona (3D avatar) that is similar to, but not quite like, the person on the other end of the call. Masu. So Vision Pro's uncanny valley effect might be one reason to say no.
Not enough native software
There will be a small number of native apps at launch, and major apps like Netflix will be noticeably absent. Can you be patient and wait for developers and partners to catch up?
If you want a truly all-in-one VR or mixed reality headset, the Apple Vision Pro's external battery and USB-C cable may disappoint. I didn't notice it in the four times I used the Vision Pro, but given that there are cheaper options than wearing the battery on your head, you might want to put that battery in the “don't buy” column.
Ultimately, I think you'll have to make your own decision as to whether or not to purchase the Vision Pro. I imagine it's like having an angel on one shoulder telling you to make smart choices and a devil on the other shoulder saying, “Buy that shit now.” . Or maybe their roles are reversed, with the devil saying we don't need to wear the future, while the angels are saying it's time to start exploring spatial computing. Which one would you like to hear?
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