The verdict on Apple’s Vision Pro

Apple took its time to get into mixed reality/spatial computing/putting screens on your face. But finally, the Vision Pro is here. Do you need one? Probably not. Will it change the world in a year? Probably not. Is it meant for developers, wealthy Apple devotees and influencers, hoping it’ll pay dividends in content? Yeah.



It also has incredibly sharp, vivid displays, the best augmented reality experiences we’ve ever tried and that Apple knack for intuitive controls and navigation. It’s early days, and if you bought the first iPhone or Apple Watch, you know how that goes. App selections are limited, and battery life isn’t great, but the bigger question remains: Is this the future of computing? Maybe? You should read Devindra Hardawar’s full review, right here.

— Mat Smith

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For now.

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