The highly anticipated Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset is finally set to launch in the United States this Friday. As the release date approaches, popular YouTube creators and reporters have been lucky enough to get their hands on the device, leading to a wave of first reviews and unboxing videos.
One reviewer from The Verge praised the thoughtful execution of the headset’s features, highlighting the camera-based mixed reality passthrough and the impressive hand- and eye-tracking abilities. However, they also mentioned that some core ideas may not be able to become mainstream, as they believed the headset still fell short of surpassing traditional input methods.
Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal described the Vision Pro as a first-generation product with its fair share of drawbacks, including its size, weight, limited battery life, and bugs. However, she couldn’t help but be impressed by the sci-fi features such as flicking apps, virtual timers, and holograms. According to Stern, the Vision Pro is more advanced than its competition.
CNET’s Scott Stein focused on the display quality of the Vision Pro, stating that the 4K-resolution-per-eye micro-OLED displays offer a vivid and stunning visual experience, comparable to high-end TVs. As for battery life, Tom’s Guide’s Mark Spoonaeur reports that it lasts for approximately 2 hours of general use and 2.5 hours of video playback. While this may be less convenient compared to other headsets on the market, Spoonaeur emphasizes the power and performance of the Vision Pro.
In addition to the headset itself, Apple also offers a range of accessories for the Vision Pro, including a light seal, light seal cushion in two sizes, solo knit band, dual loop band, front cover, battery pack, Vision Pro polishing cloth, 30W USB-C power adapter, and a USB-C charging cable. For those looking for extra protection, Apple has also introduced an optional travel case priced at $199, equipped with compartments to keep all the accessories organized.
Excitingly, Apple has announced plans to make the Vision Pro available in more countries later this year, extending its reach beyond the initial U.S. launch. This move is sure to generate even more anticipation and interest among technology enthusiasts worldwide.
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