Is the Apple Vision Pro transforming technology?

Last Friday, Apple Vision Pro was released in stores to the public, unleashing a distinctly unique gadget standard into the market. What will this mean for technology of our future? What makes this device so significant? Was this a power-move from Apple? Is it worth the price?

Variance Infotech Pvt Ltd released a pros and cons list of the Apple Vision Pro, claiming it to be a “rich person’s” toy!  They also analyzed how the device offers “…immersive video watching, serious multitasking, lots of games and reimagined FaceTime calls.” However in order to justify the $3,500 price, it will need “…truly killer apps.”

On one hand, there are a number of noticeable positive factors that the Vision Pro put on the table, including the sleek design, customization of immersion, powerful M2 and R1 chips, super crisp micro-OLED displays and intuitive interface with eye tracking and hand gestures. Alem Kemal (’27) expressed “…business and product wide it’s a smart move from Apple… it marks a place where people can start doing things they do on their phone while walking in public right in front of them.” He did admit that the “…price is expensive now but years to come it will drop and everyone will buy… it’s something to use in day to day life.” In his opinion it is the “…best VR on the market right now”.

It is true that there are significant beneficial features of the Apple Vision pro, as it “…seamlessly blends digital content with your physical space,” in the words of Apple; but that is not to say it has had purely positive feedback. On top of the point that could be considered highly expensive, many have expressed discomfort with the EyeSight feature. This feature comes into effect when entering close proximity to another person ahead of you. This will trigger the device to allow the person wearing the device to make their eyes visible, so when having a conversation, non-users will be able to look into the user’s eyes. Variance Infotech Pvt Ltd further indicated that this can be quite creepy and may be an uncomfortable adjustment for all parties.

Another commonly discussed disappointment is with the battery life, which is shorter than expected, along with the external battery pack. For the  price, many express that it is reasonable to have a much longer lasting battery life. However, this could be due to the fact that it is only an early model, and in fact, the final version might be modified to have improvements in this area. It is still in the early days of this gadget and there is surely a lot more to come, but despite these complaints, it is clear that the price is reflected in the quality of this device.

Nevertheless, the industry is changing and expanding, and the Vision Pro feels like a breakthrough for spatial computing and amplified reality. It seems to be targeted at a limited, niche audience currently, but there is hope for future developments of the tech, into something that will be accessible for all people a few or several years down the road.

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  1. February 15, 2024 @ 9:17 am Loïc Rutabana

    Could be good for movie watching on planes really


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