Apple Vision Pro: Pros and Cons

Apple recently introduced its Vision Pro mixed reality headset in the 2023 WWDC live stream, which will be released in 2024. The device is designed to be a competitor to Meta’s Quest VR headsets, and Apple filed over 5,000 patents for new tech during its development. In this article, we’ll list six things that are impressive about the Vision Pro and three things that we think could be improved.

What we like:

1. Elegant Design

The Vision Pro has a sleek look similar to ski goggles, unlike other bulky headsets on the market. It’s designed with “aerospace grade alloys,” glass, and fabric, which adds to its stylish appeal. Furthermore, the facial interface is adjustable, ensuring a comfortable fit.

2. Focus on AR

Unlike other VR competitors, the Vision Pro is more focused on augmented reality and its abilities. Instead of transporting you entirely to a different world, it layers screens and creates 3D graphic experiences over your existing environment, which is much more accessible to users.

A Black woman wears a Vision Pro

Credit: Apple

3. Integration with Apple’s Ecosystem

The Vision Pro works with Apple’s products, giving users an advantage over other standalone headsets in the market. This convenience is similar to the seamless connection between AirPods and Apple MacBook.

4. Detachable Battery

The lightweight battery is separate from the headset, making it easy to manage without adding weight to the device itself. This feature is an improvement compared to other headsets which use heavy batteries.

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5. Eye Tracking and Optic ID

The Optic ID feature integrates with Apple Pay and autofill passwords, and eye tracking is the future for AR and VR. Apple assures users that their data is protected, none of the data of where users have looked on pages or apps will be shared without their consent.

6. EyeSight

The EyeSight feature is an innovative feature that projects images of your eyes to people around you while you’re wearing the headset. This feature is not yet available on competitors’ devices, enabling users to connect with others while keeping the headset on.

The Vision Pro from the side.

The Vision Pro from the side, complete with detachable battery.
Credit: Apple

What we don’t like:

1. The Price

At $3,499, the Vision Pro is a significant investment, especially since Apple didn’t introduce any new AR experiences that justify the high price. Compared to the Quest 2, which is available for about $300, it’s a bit steep.

2. The Head Strap

The head strap design of the Vision Pro does not have an over-the-head strap. Without this feature, the device may slide down users’ faces while in use.

3. FaceTime Experience

The FaceTime experience on the Vision Pro in an immersive AR experience is exciting, but the virtual avatar based on a face scan may not accurately represent the user.

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