The Apple Vision Pro made its debut in stores on Friday, sparking excitement among early adopters who flocked to Apple stores for a firsthand look at the mixed-reality headset. Social media buzzed with initial reactions, with many praising the device’s design and capabilities.
First impressions of the Vision Pro’s design were overwhelmingly positive. Users expressed awe at the headset’s aesthetics, with one visitor describing it as a “beauty” on X (formerly Twitter). Pictures flooded social media, showcasing users smiling beside the innovative device.
As users delved into the 20 to 25-minute demos, Apple store employees guided them through the Vision Pro’s spatial computing system. This system overlays digital elements onto the physical world, creating an immersive experience. Testers navigated apps like Apple TV and Photos, showcasing the headset’s versatility.
Reportedly, some testers were particularly impressed with the Vision Pro’s capabilities. A Business Insider reporter, Jordan Hart, described the immersive experience of watching “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” trailer in 360-degree views, likening it to a drive-in movie. Others echoed the sentiment, expressing emotions ranging from awe to tears during immersive videos.
However, not everyone had a flawless experience. Some users encountered issues, such as the absence of optical inserts for glasses wearers. One user, Zac Hall, humorously claimed to have lost his vision during the demo. Despite these hiccups, the overall enthusiasm for the product was palpable.
A TikTok user, peach.mcintyre, recorded their real-time reaction during the demo, expressing disbelief and excitement. The weight of the headset received mixed reviews, with some users finding it comfortable, while others complained about its heaviness. Red lines across foreheads and the need to adjust the device for comfort were reported by some testers.
Despite the mixed reviews, customer interest in the Apple Vision Pro appears strong, with around 200,000 units reportedly sold since preorders opened. However, the high price tag of $3,499 has led some potential customers to consider more affordable alternatives like the Meta Quest 3, which offers a similar mixed-reality experience starting at $499.99.
In conclusion, the initial reactions to the Apple Vision Pro suggest a blend of excitement and minor concerns. While some users were captivated by its design and immersive capabilities, others faced challenges such as the weight and compatibility issues. Nonetheless, the strong sales indicate a significant level of interest in Apple’s latest foray into mixed reality.