💻 KnowTechie's Weekly Download #22: Apple Vision Pro Edition

Ladies and gentlemen, the return of Glassholes are here

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Happy Saturday (or Sunday, wherever you are)! I’m reporting here from the White Mountains up in New Hampshire, and I’m happy to report that I have not seen anyone here in the wild wearing Apple’s new Vision Pro. More on that later.

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What is Apple Vision Pro? For those of you who won’t know, the Vision Pro is Apple's newest entry in its product lineup. In a nutshell, it’s a VR/AR headset that blends the real world with its digital counterpart.

It's supposed to mix virtual reality (where everything you see is computer-made) and augmented reality (where computer stuff is mixed with the real world) to give you a super cool experience.

How much is it? It's pretty expensive. The Apple Vision Pro starts at $3,499 for the version with 256GB of storage. There are more expensive versions too, with the 512GB model priced at $3,699 and the top-of-the-line 1TB model going for $3,899.

What do the reviews say? It’s a mixed bag, but the general consensus is optimistic. Sure, it’s rough around the edges but there’s legitimate promise here. Just like the first generation iPhone, it’s not perfect and there’s certainly room for improvement, but you can make your own conclusion.

  • CNET's Scott Stein describes the Apple Vision Pro as a complex product, with stunning aspects and unfinished elements, highlighting its impressive depth perception but also noting its heaviness, poor battery life, limited app availability, and occasional bugs.

  • The Verge's Nilay Patel emphasizes the Vision Pro's significant technological advancement in VR, praising its audio/visual quality, but also criticizes the EyeSight feature and highlights the device's first-generation flaws, such as the lack of haptics, occasional glitches, and limited app selection.

  • TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino says it offers a compelling glimpse into the future of AR/VR, with impressive hardware and potential, but it is held back by its current software limitations, high price, and a lack of compelling use cases, making it more of a platform for developers and early adopters.

  • Engadget's Devindra Hardawar lauds the Apple Vision Pro for its cutting-edge technology, including the passthrough feature, but points out its high price, limited battery life, and the need for more compelling content and experiences to justify its purchase for the average consumer.

Do I plan on getting Apple Vision Pro? No, absolutely not. Now, I’m not knocking anyone who has one or plans on buying it. All the power to you, it’s a super cool piece of tech.

But personally speaking, I can’t bring myself to buy something that costs $3,499 for something I can do with a smartphone or laptop. Heck, the Meta Quest Pro offers the very same thing (or something pretty damn close to it) for $899 (affiliate link).

But there’s another reason why I don’t have any plans on getting a Vision Pro anytime soon.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, allow me to enter Exhibit A into evidence as irrefutable proof not to buy Apple’s Vision Pro:

Oh, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Remember Glassholes? That was the term everyone coined Google Glass early adopters back in 2013, and unfortunately, it’s happening all over again.

You’d think after all of that we’d learn a thing or two. But nope, it pains me to say we have learned absolutely nothing from that past experience.

Case in point:

And my personal favorite:

What do you think - do you see yourself buying these? Do you think this is the future we’re heading in or are we seeing another fad? Leave a comment below in the comment section. We reply to every comment, and who knows, we may even feature it in our next newsletter.

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Sorry for not including any tools in this week’s drop. I came up to the mountains to spend some time with my family and didn’t have much time to write this week’s newsletter.

I’m trying to figure out a flow that basically has most of the newsletter written prior to the weekend, but as you know, life gets in the way. I’m trying folks, just bear with me.

Alright, this is where I wrap it up. As always, my door is always open. Reply to this email and say hi. Always happy to talk shop.

-Kevin 

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