Apple’s Vision Pro Headset Shows the Future of Computing Is Bulky and Weird

A hands-on review of Apple's new Vision Pro headset and its impact on the future of computing.


The Bulky Headset

The Apple Vision Pro is Apple's first foray into the mixed-reality headset market, and while the technology is impressive, the design leaves something to be desired. The bulky form factor doesn't feel very Apple-like, and many users have reported concerns about the fit and weight of the headset.

Despite the design issues, the Vision Pro offers a unique software experience through Apple's new spatial operating system, visionOS. Users can watch movies, play games, and even work on the headset. The ability to open multiple windows and create a desktop-like experience in confined spaces is particularly appealing. However, those with glasses will need to purchase prescription optical inserts to ensure a clear view.

Interacting with the Vision Pro

One of the most impressive aspects of the Vision Pro is its intuitive interaction system. Users can navigate through the interface using a combination of eye movements and finger gestures. App windows can be selected and moved simply by looking at them and making a tapping gesture.

While the virtual keyboard option is available, typing on it can be challenging. However, using the eye-tracking feature to select keys proved to be a faster and more accurate method. For more extensive typing, it is recommended to connect a wireless keyboard to the Vision Pro.

Virtual Experiences

The Vision Pro offers a range of virtual experiences, from augmented reality to virtual reality. Users can customize their surroundings and watch movies or shows in a virtual setting. The quality of ordinary images and videos is sharp and clear on the micro-OLED panel.

However, there are limitations to the headset. The battery pack, which lasts for about two hours, poses a challenge for mobility. Users have to carry it separately in a pocket if they want to move around. Additionally, capturing videos directly from the headset itself can result in grainy footage. While the technology is impressive, there are still some kinks to be worked out.