Apple Vision Pro, The 'Second Most Impressive' Technology Since The iPhone

Sam Altman
CEO of OpenAI, former president of Y Combinator

Apple, the tech giant, is known for pioneering various things. And this fact continues, and the company does it again.

From personal computers, where Apple was instrumental with the introduction of the Apple II in the 1970s, Apple also pioneered Graphical User Interface (GUI) in computing, which it introduced alongside the Macintosh in 1984. Then, Apple revolutionized the way people listen to music, when it introduced the iPod in 2001.

Apple also revolutionized the mobile phone industry when it introduced the original iPhone in 2007. With the mobile device, Apple literally created the smartphone industry.

This fact was further cemented with the App Store, where Apple pioneered an ecosystem that sets a new standard for mobile devices, and literally transformed how people communicate, work, and interact with technology.

Not just that, because Apple also pioneered in the mobile device field, with its iPad.

And this time, Apple doesn't disappoint its fans and users.

Sam Altman
Sam Altman.

Which apparently include Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, former president of Y Combinator, who said that the Apple Vision Pro is the "second most impressive" piece of technology since the iPhone.

In a post on X, Sam essentially agrees that the Vision Pro has the potential to usher a new normal.

While the device isn't the first of its kind, and is far from pioneering virtual reality or augmented reality, or mixed reality, Apple managed to captivate its audience using a combination of recipes Apple is known for.

Apple Vision Pro may not be considered an innovative product, but Apple introduced it as a quality device.

Unlike other headset devices in the market, the Vision Pro is pretty much all glass and all metal.

And on the inside, the device packs sophisticated hardware that puts in on a whole different league than rivals.

Then, Apple integrates its well-known ecosystem into it, with the user experience people know Apple for having, and these all are in line with the expectation from the community and fans.

And by putting the famous Apple logo on it, Apple that is known to have cultivated a strong brand identity that resonates with consumers on an emotional level, the company is able to sell the Vision Pro, even when it costs several times more expensive than others.

This statement is in line with what Altman previously said.

Altman, whose company focuses on AI products, once said that AI is on track to change the world in ways not seen since the iPhone put a computer in people's pockets.

Read: Apple Finally Enters The VR/AR Business By Introducing Spatial Computing With 'Apple Vision Pro'

For good reason, because Apple Vision Pro quickly gained a cult following.

Unlike pretty much all VR and AR headsets that people use indoors and only for work or play, the Vision Pro is being used outdoors for more than various reasons, in various places.

In what seems to be a start of a dystopian future, people are seen using Apple's headsets while dining, walking, driving, on public transportations, shopping, and even skydiving.

Using their own eyes and fingers, users can interact with the mixed-reality device, allowing them to travel to virtual reality to augmented reality in an instant, and maintain eye contact at the same time.

Like how people are glued to their phones, these people are like 'digital zombies', but next level, as they gaze into space, mouths agape, while poking, pinching, and prodding into thin air.

When one user responded saying the Vision Pro had a bad name, Altman replied with his thoughts, saying that even though Altman loves ChatGPT, he doesn't necessarily love its name.

"Chatgpt is a lot worse," he said.

"It's a horrible name but it may be too ubiquitous to ever change," Altman once said in the past.