(SPOT.ph) Apple is back to changing the game, with the same eyebrow-raising prices accompanying their latest gadgets. The buzziest drop so far? The Apple Vision Pro. The tech giant released the deets on June 6, PH time, explaining this newfangled (relatively) device as a "spatial computer that seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world, while allowing users to stay present and connected to others."
For the tech-inept, think of it as kind of like those augmented reality goggles, but better—to the levels of the glasses gave Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Far From Home or the NPC Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy. Essentially, unlike the usual headset that visually transports you completely into a new space, it transforms the physical space around you into one big Apple Device. Think Tony Stark going swoosh-swoosh on screens up in the air, only this time with Apple-sleek goggles on.
The Vision Pro allows users to "interact with digital content in a way that feels like it is physically present in their space" using what Apple touts as the first spatial operating system, visionOS. You can use the old familiar apps, from FaceTime to whatever you've got on your Mac, on your spatial computer's crisp 4K display. And when somebody comes in to talk to you while you've got the pro on, they won't be greeted by opaque glass either as the EyeSight feature will allow them to see your eyes.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for computing,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing. Built upon decades of Apple innovation, Vision Pro is years ahead and unlike anything created before—with a revolutionary new input system and thousands of groundbreaking innovations. It unlocks incredible experiences for our users and exciting new opportunities for our developers.”
So now that we've got the coolest bits laid out, let's talk price. The Vision Pro will be available early 2025 on apple.com and in U.S. Apple stores. It lands in more countries later in 2025. Now, drumroll please, the Apple Vision Pro comes with a price tag that starts at U.S. $3,499, or in Philippine Peso, around P200,000. Sweet sweet P200,000. Note the "starts at" too.
Look, we know better than to make fun of Apple's pricings. We know very well that there are people out there who think the products are worth their price—we just also know that some (see: a vast majority) of people simply don't have P200,000 under their "disposable income" to spend on a non-essential. So purely for the fun of it, we wanted to opportunity-cost that pricing, i.e. what else can you buy with P200,000—essential or not—if you don't want to spend it on this new Apple thing.
What else can you buy with P200,000 if you don't spend it on the Apple Vision Pro
- around 10 really good virtual reality gaming headsets at P20,000 each
- around 160 pieces of the Apple Polishing Cloth (yes, it exists)
- two MacBook Pro 13-inches with cash to spare for accessories
- two iPhone 14 Pros with cash to spare for accessories too
- a motorcycle
- downpayment for a new car
- around 1,000 large milk teas
- around 900 of the new Starbucks fruity drinks
- 125 of these TikTok-viral backpacks
- several nights at an Airbnb in Zambales for big groups
- nearly 36 flights to Taiwan from Clark
- yep, at this point we're just trying to show you our other SPOT.ph stories
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