Are Apple’s new Vision Pro headsets the future?
The company launched its new product last week, becoming the latest tech giant to sell virtual and augmented reality technology.
In its pitch to customers, Apple describes the headsets as “an infinite canvas that transforms how you use the apps you love”.
It is the type of thing Newstalk’s Tech Correspondent Jess Kelly would love to own - but there is one thing getting in her way.
“The real reason I don’t have one is because they’re three grand,” she told Newstalk Breakfast.
“They’re quite expensive but the idea is they kind of look like scuba diving goggles that you put on your face.
“They’re the most immersive, and they seem to be the most practical, virtual headsets that are out there on the market.”
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Jess said the problem she had with previous VR headsets is that they left her feeling “nauseous”; however, she has heard the new Apple product is a significant improvement on previous models.
“The thing with the vision pro is it layers the technology over your actual world,” she told presenter Shane Coleman.
“So, if you had one on here now, you’d see myself and Ciara, you’d see your producer through the screen but then you would also be able to watch a bit of Apple TV, or you can send text messages, or you work on your emails or an Excel spreadsheet - whatever you want to do from your laptop.”
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The idea is you can carry out day-to-day tasks, such as sending emails and checking social media, all without having to sit at a desk or stare at your phone.
“Some people are saying it’s going to make us more connected because rather than having to stare down at your phone or your laptop, you’ll be able to look in my direction as well as sending your emails or whatever else,” Jess said.
“But if you’re wearing the headset, you can see me completely clearly but I can’t see you. I can’t see your eyes; we wouldn’t make eye contact again.”
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Despite her desire to buy one, Jess is a little sceptical about how widespread use of the technology will become.
“We are all slaves to the screens to a certain extent,” she said.
“I don’t like this idea of the headset because I do think it’s going to immerse us so much to the point where you’re actually going to feel weird when you don’t have the headset on.”
200,000 Vision Pro headsets were pre-ordered from Apple before the product officially launched.
Main image: A man wears an Apple Vision Pro headset outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 5, 2024 in New York City. Picture by: Alamy.com