The first reviews are live


Apple Vision Pro: The first reviews are live

Image: Marques Brownlee mit Vision Pro in der Hand.

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The first wave of non-curated reviews of Vision Pro are here.

Below is a list of reviews, divided into videos and articles, the latter including verdicts.

Apple Vision Pro will launch exclusively in the United States on February 2 starting at $3,500.

Videos

CNET

The Verge

The Wall Street Journal

Tom’s Guide

Brian Tong

iJustine

Marques Brownlee

Articles and Verdicts

CNBC: “This is the future of computing and entertainment”

“I’d buy the Vision Pro right now if I had an extra $3,500. I’d even consider trading in my iPad Pro and MacBook Pro to offset the cost since the headset gives me a lot of the same capabilities. But that’s not an option.

You’ll definitely love it for movies. I think a lot of people will also really enjoy being able to read the news and browse the web while having a huge TV screen open and lounging on their couch. Some may find they can work in it. I did. It’s fun.

Apple’s real opportunity will materialize when it finds a way to mass produce the Vision Pro at closer to $2,000, or less. Until then, it may be a niche product. But the experience blows everything else out of the water. It’s Apple’s most exciting product in years and it’s the best example yet that this will become a new way of computing.”

Source: CNBC

CNET: “A mind-blowing look at an unfinished future”

The Vision Pro comes with its own drawbacks and limits all over the place. But it’s also, at its best, a stunning look at the future.

[…] Apple Vision Pro is a moment where the ecosystems are starting to finally arrive, the hardware is hitting levels of audiovisual quality that are truly remarkable and input systems are being reinvented. It’s an exciting time, and Vision Pro won’t be the only product in this landscape.

[…] Will the Vision Pro be the first step toward modern spatial computing in mixed reality as we know it from now on? Maybe. What really makes Vision Pro seem futuristic isn’t the display or the apps, it’s the input. Eyes and hands. Other headsets have eye tracking and hand tracking, but none have the combination working as smoothly, subtly and intuitively as Vision Pro.

[…] My favorite things to do on the Quest — games and fitness — aren’t on Vision Pro much. I’ll still use my laptop, phone and iPad as my main computers for now, but I imagine a future version of Vision Pro as something that could swallow them all up someday. Not today. But I do feel, right now, that I want to dive back in.

Source: CNET

The Verge: “Magic, until It’s not”

The Vision Pro is an astounding product. It’s the sort of first-generation device only Apple can really make, from the incredible display and passthrough engineering, to the use of the whole ecosystem to make it so seamlessly useful, to even getting everyone to pretty much ignore the whole external battery situation.

[…] There are a lot of ideas in the Vision Pro, and they’re all executed with the kind of thoughtful intention that few other companies can ever deliver at all, let alone on the first iteration. But the shocking thing is that Apple may have inadvertently revealed that some of these core ideas are actually dead ends — that they can’t ever be executed well enough to become mainstream. This is the best video passthrough headset ever made, and that might mean camera-based mixed reality passthrough could just be a road to nowhere. This is the best hand- and eye-tracking ever, and it feels like the mouse, keyboard, and touchscreen are going to remain undefeated for years to come. There is so much technology in this thing that feels like magic when it works and frustrates you completely when it doesn’t.

Source: The Verge


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