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Dozens of Apple Vision Pros leave their new home

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The specialists did not see it coming. On social networks, we are currently seeing that buyers of the Apple Vision Pro who return the device in store number in the dozens. The fault lies in an apparently dismal experience for many of them, even if some probably do not admit that they especially wanted to test the device without have the means. The bad news for the latter is that returning the virtual reality headset to its manufacturer is clearly not the most sensible solution for budget reasons. And for good reason: when we know that the product sells for more than eight thousand euros on eBay, the choice between the platform and the Apple Store is obvious. Why such a high price, you will ask me ? Quite simply because the success of the frame is such that you have to wait several months to receive it, if you order it today .

Success therefore remains mostly there for the manufacturer, at least according to most of the tests by vloggers and tech journalists available on the internet. Despite everything, some disadvantages remain and are really not the most negligible. The question of comfort, in particular, seems to be the one that comes up most often among the testimonies of those who choose to return the Vision Pro to its manufacturer. A hot topic that the boss of Meta (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram) did not hesitate to tackle: Mark Zuckerberg. In a recent pamphlet for his own virtual reality headset, namely the Meta Quest 3, the manager delicately criticizes the weight of the device. This one can reach up to almost 650 grams, while the Palo Alto alternative does much better. And of course, the price is also in favor of Meta – even if the Quest Pro remains the reference when it comes to comparing the company's articles to those of Apple.

What's stuck

Among the other nuanced opinions on the Apple Vision Pro, many also believe that the experience is not that “bluffing”; than it seems. Are they just not “ready” ? After checking, it seems that these same testers actually mostly criticized immersion solutions that weren&#8217 ;having ultimately never really convinced in 360 degrees, like virtual cinema. Furthermore, it is true that when it comes to playing video games, the competition clearly does better. Notably Sony, with PlayStation VR. Confining yourself to gaming, however, only forgets that the Vision Pro is intended above all, as its name suggests, for true professionals. Videographers, editors and other Sunday influencers continue to praise the monstrous capacity of the device in terms of productivity. Safari, Numbers or even the Numerics software run without a hitch, and the possibility of generating as many fictitious screens as desired is light years away from a cumbersome computer station. physical work clad in third-party cables and external monitors.

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With this, some feedback to consider mentions the case of frequent headaches, even from the first minutes of use. However, this is the type of most virtual reality headsets on the market, and it is very likely that users suffering from this problem also encounter it from Sony or Meta. Apple also advises not to equip the Vision Pro if you are epileptic: it would be like holding out the stick to get beaten.

D& #8217;other risky use cases should be noted with the Vision Pro. For example, it is obvious that it is not recommended to use it while driving a vehicle on an open road, especially when we know that the accident detection functionality included with the iPhone and the Apple Watch is not included with visionOS. The proprietary operating system publisher also recommends that pregnant women avoid wearing headphones. Others will not be of this opinion for the sake of sustainable development, but the time is not always for dark humor.

The analysts wash their hands of it

For investors who have bet on Apple's stock on the Wall Street stock market, it seems, moreover, that this subject is not really one. AAPL stock had already taken off following the announcement of the Vision Pro at the Worldwide Developer Conference last June, and the trend is generally still strong. Of course, any bet of this kind involves risks that must be known. But researchers from specialized firms, such as Ming-Chi Kuo (TFI Securities) or Jeff Pu (Haitong), are clearly aiming for shares worth nearly $250 for Cupertino, by the end of the # 8217; year 2024. Against approximately 184, at the time of writing these lines. And it is mainly the Vision Pro which ranks first among the Apple firm's new revenue vectors for the coming semesters. Or more precisely its range, since the current model is often considered (wrongly) as a beta version.

Apple actually intends to market a new model of ’ soon, or perhaps even in 2025. This new edition would finally be lighter and more affordable, but it may be necessary to ignore the 4K definition and performance. However, this should not bother digital nomads and other entrepreneurs, the obvious targets of the headset, quite the contrary.

Finally, you should know that while rumors suggested that Apple estimated to sell up to 150,000 Vision Pros in 2024, sales would have already been and already far exceeded its predictions. A difference of around 30% would thus be noted internally, with 200,000 units having found buyers among the general public. There is therefore almost no doubt that the final results for 2024 could simply double the number of the original estimates. And you, do you plan to treat yourself to a pointed helmet?

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116