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Apple Vision Pro, the new norm for the rich

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A pair of Apple Vision Pros rest on a metal stand. Apple’s new piece of technology cost over $3000. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

After its release in early February, tons of videos and photos have surfaced of users trying Apple’s new Vision Pro in unconventional places.

From social norms such as “don’t text and drive” or “don’t be on your phone while walking,” it appears the vision pros are socially acceptable because of the high status it gives people due to the exclusivity of the product. 

The Vision Pros were released Feb. 2 for $3,500, not including Apple Care which is insurance for the eyewear. Additional charges may include spending more money for a larger amount of storage as well as Apple Care for drops, spills and falls.

The Vision Pro allows users to navigate the screen with the touch of their finger. On top of being able to navigate the screen with eye tracking technology, users will wear a headset that shows all of the apps they would normally see on an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad.

Items included in the box include a cover for the headset, battery, polishing cloth and a charger with an adapter. 

An important factor to note is the Vision Pros are not designed for those who wear glasses. Although, when purchasing online, Apple allows those who need glasses to purchase additional inserts that accommodate most prescriptions.

The promo video released by Apple four weeks ago shows users many uses for the Vision Pros, whether it be using them for entertainment, work or FaceTiming others.

Apple also teased the Vision Pros being used in an airplane, and since its release, photos have surfaced of users using the goggles in unusual places like on a train or in the pool although it is not waterproof or resistant.

Since the release, many influencers have been reviewing the product and testing the limits. Influencers such as Nikias Molina have released videos documenting the Vision Pros and its ability.

Videos surfaced online of Molina using the Vision Pros on a subway appearing to be typing, but to others who are not using the equipment, it looks as if he is typing on nothing.

Sometimes though, the smartest tech isn’t always the smartest decision. People tend to put their trust into technology because it lessens the risk for human error. Yet over the years, technology has gone to show it too can malfunction.

We have gotten self-driving cars from Tesla, and since then, there have been malfunctions causing accidents all in the name of smart technology. Vision Pros enable users to use the equipment and to complete tasks on the side since users are still able to see their surroundings through the eyewear.

Being on your phone while driving, walking or having your earbuds in has all been looked down upon just because it can be a distraction. Laws have been made to prevent people from using their phones while driving, and being on your phone while walking is criticized. 

The release of the Vision Pros appears to have a double standard when it comes to these rules, social norms and day-to-day etiquette.

The saying “don’t be on your phone while walking … Don’t have both earbuds in” is out the window because of the status Vision Pros gives its users.  

Now with the Vision Pros, users are encouraged to wear the goggles while performing other day to day tasks yet this can be dangerous as it is a distraction.

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