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It seems that you can’t open a new Safari tab these days without someone having written more words about the Vision Pro headset, so it won’t surprise anyone to see that I’m here again, doing precisely that.
Just 24 hours ago I bemoaned my own inability to decide where I stand on a headset that will cost $3,499 at some point in 2024 and, since I’m in the UK, likely even more. I won’t rehash old ground, so read that work of art and come back here. I’ll wait.
Back? Good. Because I need to tell you how a new report about what might still be yet to come from Vision Pro has my mind muddled all over again. I hope you’re sitting comfortably.
The report that has me shook this time around comes from The Information’s Wayne Ma, someone who has had a finger on the pulse of this Apple AR/VR headset game for months now. According to Ma, there was plenty that Apple didn’t show off when announcing the Vision Pro headset on June 5, and not just because it ran out of time.
Instead, it’s because Apple’s software simply isn’t ready. And that’s both bad and good news (I wasn’t joking when I said I was indecisive yesterday).
See, Ma reckons that despite Apple showing off all kinds of magic that involves throwing your Mac’s display into 3D space on the headset, that wasn’t all that was planned. According to him, Apple’s original plan was to go a step further by having people pluck individual apps off their Mac’s screen. Windows would flow from one place to another as if they were Meta headset owners fleeing in search of Apple’s alternative. It would be truly magical if it worked. But it didn’t happen.
The gist appears to be that Apple couldn’t make everything work properly because visionOS is built on iOS, so it can’t run macOS apps. It’s the iPad problem all over again.
There’s more, too. Fitness features that went AWOL might have been canned because Apple wasn’t ready to show them off, while a co-presence feature which amounts to full-body FaceTime isn’t ready yet either.
But what if Apple gets its act together? What if all of these problems, the ones that meant these features couldn’t ship, get sorted? What could Vision Pro be capable of then?
Beyond all of that, just the fact…