In an announcement that surprised no one, Apple unveiled the Vision Pro headset yesterday. Priced at an eye popping $3499 viewers were left wondering: who is this for?
Why It Matters
Apple long has brought us the future before other companies. Refining technologies long available, they have a knack for transforming it into something useful. However, they also are not afraid to price their wares aggressively. Starting its price at $3499 leaves the device for well-off hobbyists and professionals that can take advantage of it.
What They’re Saying
It’s… a really really nice VR headset with impressive displays and video passthrough. And I mean incredibly impressive displays and video passthrough: I was happily using my phone to take notes while wearing the Vision Pro, something no other headset can realistically allow.
Just spent 30 minutes in the Apple Vision Pro headset. Y’all. I am. VERY impressed with a few specific things. Definitely stay tuned
Is this the Ultimate Work from Home Setup?
During its presentation Apple emphasized that the quality of its video and audio could rival a high end home theater. However, the canonical demo used by Apple, Meta, and others making headsets seems to be creating multiple displays for a laptop computer. When real estate is at a premium and you do not want to dedicate a large space to a home office, a Vision Pro could be an economical solution.
Where I See it Flopping
- Meta has flooded the field with its affordable Quest headset for gaming. It has not rivaled the Nintendo Switch.
- Television and movies are often a social experience, you’re not replacing your home theater with this.