Apple’s $3,500 Vision Pro transformed the small space of an airplane cabin into an office, allowing the user to work and watch movies during a five-hour flight.
Amit Gupta recently purchased the mixed reality headset and tested it on a Southwest flight.
He shared a video of the X experience, showing web pages and a television screen projected on the back of the front seat and on the roof.
Gupta praised the technology for providing a workspace that felt less cluttered and provided more privacy.
However, Gupta shared that he is not “100 percent” sure about keeping the Vision Pro.
An Apple VisionPro user greeted the device on his Southwest Airlines flight
The VisionPro user showed in first person the screen projected on the back of the seat in front of him.
‘It’s worth trying it in the store first, in my opinion. I’m still not 100% if I’m going to keep it, but it seems more likely than yesterday,” Gupta commented on his own post.
He noted that the weight of the Vision Pro was a problem during the flight: it needed to take a break after two hours of use.
However, the device only provides two hours of power on a single charge.
There is an external battery to make it last longer.
Vision Pro allows users to observe the real world while navigating their digital applications using their eyes, voice and hands without the need for drivers.
This is achieved through what Apple calls “spatial computing,” which is a way of describing the intersection between the physical world around us and a virtual world manufactured by technology, while allowing humans and machines to manipulate harmoniously objects and spaces.
Users can watching movies, browsing the internet and working on digital screens without even touching a digital device, and that’s what Gupta experienced on a flight.
The video, shared from his perspective, shows a projection of a computer monitor on the back of the seat, while Gupta used a MacBook keyboard that was on the tray table.
However, Vision Pro allows users to access digital keyboards. It’s unclear why Gupta opted for a physical one.
The small space during the five-hour flight was converted into a small office via headset, complete with an entertainment center on the cabin roof.
Apple’s VisionPro went on sale in the US on Friday with a starting price of $3,499
Apple sold out of its VisionPro pre-orders on January 19, selling 200,000 devices
While Gupta was watching a Disney movie on the overhead screen, she was blocked from the footage due to digital rights management.
‘Movies are what Apple Vision Pro is by far best at. Apple Theater really makes you feel like you’re in a movie theater. I hope all streaming apps adopt it,” she shared when asked about the movie experience.
However, Gupta noted that the broadcast was “a little bit delayed.”
The video also shows you moving between different web pages, documents, and other controls seamlessly.
Without physical controllers, Vision Pro users rely on their eyes to move the digital cursor, but Gupta said he was using his MacBook’s keyboard.
Users focus on an area to access or use hand gestures such as pinching, which is similar to zooming in and out on an iPhone or iPad.
One downside to the flight was that Gupta had to pay the Wi-Fi fee for two devices: his MacBook and the Vision Pro.
VisionPro headphones project your entire monitor onto a large screen, freeing up space
The Vision Pro runs for just two hours of use on an external battery to reduce the weight of the headset, and because it can’t be used as a standalone device, the Vision Pro must be plugged into its battery pack or an outlet.
The headset runs VisionOS, which Apple has touted as “the world’s first space operating system,” and is set to incorporate more than a million apps from its iOS and iPad OS systems for playing games, streaming movies, and viewing pictures and videos. , all through the headset.
VisionPro users can watch movies, photos and videos on a large screen in front of them.
Apple sold out its VisionPro pre-orders on January 19, selling 200,000 devices, and it officially went on sale on Friday.
The cost of the device starts at $3,499 for 256GB of storage, but jumps to $3,699 to add 512GB and increases further to $3,899 for 1TB of storage.
Shoppers can also purchase other add-ons, such as recipe inserts, for an additional $149.
Ahead of the launch, Apple announced that it had designed more than 600 new apps for the Vision Pro headphones.
Susan Prescott, vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple, saying: “Apple Vision Pro is unlocking the imagination of our global developer community and we are inspired by the variety of spatial experiences they have created for this exciting new platform.”
He added: ‘These amazing apps will change the way we experience entertainment, music and games; sparks our imagination with new ways to learn and explore; unlock productivity like never before; and much more.’