The $3,499 Apple Vision Pro augmented reality headset is now in its second week of pre-orders and will go on sale Friday, February 2nd. Without waiting for the start of sales, Apple allowed some media outlets to fully test the new device. Overall verdict: The headset deserves praise for its impressive display and precise tracking, but feels heavy and lacks comfort. And in it too “Very lonely”.
Apple has previously demonstrated the Vision Pro headset to the general public and held a number of private developer presentations, but few outside of Apple have been able to use the device for an extended period of time or even a full work day. Now the company is offering reviewers the opportunity to extensively test all the headset’s capabilities and, in particular, watch exciting videos from Disney.
Journalists from The Verge have compiled a Robinson Crusoe-style list describing the pros and cons of the device as follows:
- The display is a technical marvel with better video quality;
- Hand and eye tracking is a step forward;
- Works seamlessly with the Apple ecosystem;
- It’s fun to add windows anywhere in the room.
- Very expensive;
- Videos from the device’s camera may become blurry and lose clarity.
- Hand and eye tracking can be inconsistent and frustrating;
- The virtual characters are supernatural and somewhat frightening;
- It’s pretty lonely there.
According to reviewers at The Verge, “Apple Vision Pro is an amazing product. This is a device that truly only Apple can pull off, from the incredible display and end-to-end engineering to leveraging the entire ecosystem to make it so useful and even making everyone understand the power bank situation in the Reasons ignored..
However, journalists suspected that Apple may have inadvertently discovered that some of the basic ideas implemented in the device were actually dead ends and that they could not be implemented well enough to become mainstream.
Experts have expressed the opinion that Apple was able to understand that the long-hinted technology for creating real augmented reality glasses simply does not exist at the moment – so Vision Pro is something like a simulator or a development kit. In this context, Vision Pro is the hardware with which Apple wants to make everyone think and appreciate the potential of the technology.
Most other reviewers agreed with The Verge’s experts: the headset was praised for the clarity of the display as well as the eye and hand tracking systems. However, the weight and feel of the headset raised concerns about comfort during prolonged use. “As with any VR headset, it feels like it’s sitting on your head and ruining your hair as soon as you put it on“wrote The Verge’s Victoria Song.
Engadget’s Cherlynn Low noted that the headset caused pain over time. According to her, they were caused by a strap that extends and passes through the back of the head. Device “It was wide, ribbed and soft, and at first I thought it would be very comfortable, She wrote. — But after 15 minutes I started to feel the weight of the device and after another five minutes I started to feel pain.”
Her colleague Dana Wollman also expressed concern about the fitting process, writing that careful adjustments and replacement of face pillows were required to achieve head comfort and image clarity.
Additionally, reviewers generally agree that the EyeSight display, which sits on the front of the headset and gives others clues about what’s going on inside, improves the headset experience “strange”.
“That’s all well and good, but it’s strange wearing a headset and not knowing what’s actually going on on the front display – having no idea about yours [отображаемой] Look. And what’s even stranger is that looking at people in the real world can cause them to appear like ghosts in the virtual worldsays Victoria Song. — It’s going to take a long time to figure out the social cues of this thing.”
Early adopters also noticed some inconveniences when using Apple Vision Pro’s virtual keyboard “floats in front of a person’s face”. They called this printing method “clumsy” and those that need improvement.
As Verge columnist Nilay Patel put it, using an augmented reality headset requires many compromises, more big ones than small ones. The biggest downside is using Vision Pro “Such a solitary activity, despite the strange ghost eyes on the front panel. You’re there, having an experience that no one else can share in.”
Patel writes that after using Vision Pro for a long time, he came to the conclusion that augmented reality headsets isolate people from each other. And if that’s normal for traditional VR headsets, which have essentially evolved into gaming consoles over the last decade, then it’s strange for a work device. “I don’t want Vision Pro to work. I do my job with other people and prefer to be here with them.he said.
At the end of the review, The Verge editors presented an interesting list of questions that will help a potential buyer assess his real need for purchasing an Apple Vision Pro augmented reality headset:
- Do you want a computer that ruins your hair every time you use it?
- Do you want a computer that smears your makeup every time you use it when you wear makeup?
- Do you want a computer that allows the Walt Disney Company to stop you from taking pictures of what you see?
- Do you want to use a computer where you can’t show anyone what you’re looking at?
- Do you think the fanciest TV you own should have HDMI inputs?
- Do you want to use a computer that doesn’t work well in a dark room?
- Do you want to use a computer that always looks at your hands?
If you answered yes to most of the questions, Apple Vision Pro is definitely for you.