Here’s why Apple Vision Pro and ChatGPT are the future of computing


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A week ago, Apple finally unveiled the Vision Pro mixed reality headset, which is the equivalent of a powerful MacBook combined with a bleeding-edge MR headset. Apple doesn’t describe the device as an AR, VR, or MR headset. Instead, it’s Apple’s first “spatial computer,” which gives you control via eye-tracking, hand-tracking, and voice. Meanwhile, ChatGPT continues to be the most talked-about technology in town, with everyone in the tech world looking to create alternatives, even Apple.

Put differently, last week showed us the future of computing, and you’d better not miss out. It’s not just the Vision Pro, and it’s not just ChatGPT. Instead, the computer of the post-iPhone era will use both of these emerging technologies, no matter what form they take.

When Apple unveiled the Vision Pro, I said the headset would benefit from generative AI support. Siri, as it is now, isn’t good enough. But voice will be one way you interact with the computer of the future.

You’ll use your eyes to move the “cursor” and various hand gestures to control digital objects. But voice control will play a key role in spatial computing, especially once generative AI comes to Vision Pro. Voice will perfectly complement eye- and hand-tracking to get things done quickly. The best example that comes to mind is Minority Report computing. That’s where we’re heading.

ChatGPT will be available on the headset from day one via OpenAI’s ChatGPT app for iPhone/iPad. I’m not talking about third-party products that are similar to ChatGPT. But Apple will need its own powerful AI to make the most of the Vision Pro as it transforms computing and moves us toward the post-iPhone era.

Every spatial computer vendor will have to offer their own AI that will feel personal to the user.

A Vision Pro user running multiple apps side-by-side.
A Vision Pro user running multiple apps side-by-side. Image source: Apple Inc.

By post-iPhone, I’m referring to Apple’s eventual AR glasses that will either replace the iPhone or work together with a smaller handset in our pockets to help us get things done. Even Humane’s gadget qualifies. And Humane already seems to have the AI part down, although the computer it works…