When Apple first revealed that vision pro, I was intrigued. But like many others, I looked away as soon as I saw the price. With his $3,500 start-up cost, I blinked and went back to focusing on wearables and other mobile technologies that help him optimize his life.
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After reading some early thoughts from my ZDNET colleagues Jason and Kelly, and seeing some videos of people using it after its release date, I think I might have to take the plunge and buy the next-gen headset. thought.Probably one of Apple's most expensive gadgets can Increase work productivity and efficiency.
Let me tell you this: I bought my first Apple computer in 1989 and slept outside an AT&T store in the rain to buy my first iPhone. I consider myself an early adopter of technology. Despite missing out on pre-ordering the Vision Pro, I kept an eye on the daily inventory updates and finally purchased it at a local mall store earlier this week.
Add in my local sales tax, and the total for the 512GB model and $199 travel case comes to just under $4,300. So, to prove to me that the Vision Pro is worth the investment, Apple has set a high bar. I've been using the headset for three days now, including on the commuter train and at the office. As an engineer and digital nomad, here are my thoughts:
1. Stick to MacOS apps if possible
I work as a professional naval architect by trade, and at this stage of my 30-year career, I create stability calculations, review blueprints, write reports and proposals, and meet with clients on Teams. , manage other employees. Many of our engineering programs are limited to operating systems, so we work in a Windows environment.
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Fortunately, my team works on a hybrid international scale, so our IT group has set up virtual desktops that can be accessed via VMWare's Horizon client on Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS devices. . I'm using Horizon on my MacBook Pro without any issues, but I also use a Yubikey USB-C certified dongle for security.
However, the iPad version of the Horizon client available with Vision Pro is not very reliable. My headset's eye tracking isn't working reliably either, and using an external control device can result in incorrect selections. On the bright side, Mac Virtual Display is nearly perfect on the Vision Pro, which is the only reason I can achieve some level of productivity using the headset. You have to settle for a single virtual monitor, and the feature only works on Mac computers, but it's much better than the iPad versions of most apps and services.
It would greatly benefit my workflow if Apple could add support for multiple virtual displays, like I currently use my MacBook Pro with multiple monitors.
2. Microsoft's native apps are quite limited
In addition to the Horizon client, which covers our Windows software needs, we also use Outlook, Teams, Excel, and Word. These four applications are available on VisionOS, but as of this writing, the experience is more barebones, especially when compared to the desktop version. We also recommend using a Bluetooth keyboard, and only a Bluetooth keyboard, for text input. Virtual input in any form Vision Pro isn't up to the task.
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The problem with collaboration in Teams (or any other video conferencing service), in addition to its limited feature set, is Apple's zombie-like persona. Digital scans remind us of characters from old game consoles. I never use it in meetings with clients or when FaceTiming my wife, who can't take my persona seriously.
3. Travel with Vision Pro
My daily commute takes 45 minutes by train. We also fly regularly to visit customers, attend conferences, and participate in ship inspections. Given the headset's dedicated travel mode, these seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to test the Vision Pro.
I ran into issues with the headset's eye tracking within the first 10 minutes of my train ride earlier this week, in part because the internal lenses started to fog up. This was disappointing but not surprising, as in humid environments like Seattle, we often experience fogging of safety glasses, diving masks, and other face coverings. I was really hoping that the breathability of the Lite Seal cushion would help prevent this problem.
I also felt cramped sitting in the same place and working with multiple applications. I could hardly move my body to multitask with Vision OS, let alone on an airplane or even on a train. One feature I would love to see is the ability to stack multiple open apps and quickly switch between them. This is ideal in more limited situations like this.
4. Privacy and security are secretly great.
On the plus side, when you're sitting on the train with Vision Pro on, you can work on all your projects, including your own confidential information, on the big screen without worrying about what the person next to you will see. I noticed that. Features that allow you to ensure complete privacy and enhanced security, such as the ability to configure eye scans to unlock Vision Pro, are one of the most attractive reasons to use a headset for work. There is a possibility. Sure, this argument applies to all other VR headsets, but nothing comes close to the Vision Pro's audiovisual fidelity.
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In other words, apple vision pro Not ready to support my work experience. At least not yet. This headset is more ideal for day traders, content creators, and anyone whose workflow revolves around only her 1-3 apps (no need for a desktop version). I'd like to continue using the Vision Pro to watch movies on the plane, play multiple sports games at once, and explore virtual environments, but the current headset doesn't offer much value for the money. I can't.