Apple Vision Pro: A Mixed Bag of Surprises
Apple recently released its highly anticipated mixed reality headset, the Vision Pro, but reviews are pouring in with significant downsides and unexpected limitations. The device, which was expected to revolutionize the augmented reality (AR) market, has left many users disappointed with its performance and capabilities.
One major issue highlighted in the reviews is the limited quality of pass-through mode. Users have reported motion blur, pixelation, distortions, and limited color and dynamic range, which significantly diminish the overall experience. Additionally, the eye tracking driven input method, initially hailed as a holy grail, has proven to be annoying for users. People do not always naturally look at what they want to click on, leading to frustration and inefficiency.
Another surprising downside of the Vision Pro is the lack of AR features. Apple seemed to have focused on avoiding it being a VR-only device, but it turns out that the most impressive and high-quality experiences are in fact VR-based. This limitation has left users wanting more, especially considering the promises made by Apple.
However, the biggest disappointment revolves around the device’s inability to fulfill its primary use cases. For productivity purposes, the Vision Pro cannot run MacOS applications, and even if users connect their actual Macs, it cannot support multiple monitors. Similarly, for entertainment purposes, the inability to include other people in the viewing experience has been a significant downfall. Users have expressed the desire to enjoy photos, videos, and movies with friends or family, but the device lacks the capability to do so.
Overall, the Vision Pro feels more like an immature and dev-kit stage product rather than a consumer-ready headset. The limited field of view, in particular, has been a significant letdown for users who expected a fully immersive experience. Apple marketed the device as filling the user’s entire field of view, but reviews suggest otherwise.
Despite the setbacks, some users remain optimistic and plan to visit an Apple Store to try the device out for themselves. They believe that with Apple’s resources and capabilities, the company has the potential to overcome these challenges and improve upon the Vision Pro in future iterations.
One possible solution to enhance the shared viewing experience is the incorporation of theaters and Personas, along with spatial audio. If multiple friends had Vision Pro headsets, they could potentially feel like they were sitting in a theater room together while watching a movie. While there are challenges to overcome, the building blocks exist, and it is not an insurmountable challenge.
The development of mixed reality technology still has a long way to go. The focus must be on usability rather than just screen resolution. Current issues such as field of view, pixel density, display brightness, and compute power need to be addressed to create a truly immersive and user-friendly experience.
Apple’s Vision Pro is undoubtedly an ambitious device, but it falls short of expectations in several key areas. The company will need to listen to user feedback and iterate on the device to deliver a more polished and feature-rich product in the future.
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Author Eliza Ng