Apple Vision Pro: Not Practical for Work, Here’s 15 Reasons

Apple Vision Pro: Not Practical for Work, Here's 15 Reasons

From its sleek, cutting-edge design to its seductive promise of seamless integration into the fabric of daily life, Apple’s latest offering – the Vision Pro – has been lauded as a breakthrough marvel of technology. The Vision Pro, a pair of smart glasses that overlay digital information onto the real world, has captured the imaginations of many, offering a glimpse of the future where technology and our sensory experiences intertwine effortlessly.

However, the question remains: Does this visionary device have a place in the workplace of today, or is it a creation best suited for the glossy pages of a science fiction novel?

Apple Vision Pro

The Apple Vision Pro is more than a mere concept; it’s a tangible reality, capable of impressive feats right out of the box. To the throngs of consumers enamored with the possibility of a digital layer infused into their field of vision, it’s a gateway to a new dimension. But as we peel back the layers to assess the device point by point, a less idealistic, more pragmatic truth emerges: the Vision Pro is not yet the seamless replacement for more conventional productivity tools.

As an early adopter, I was drawn to the Vision Pro’s potential to revolutionize the way I approach my work. So, I delved deep, integrating it into my work routines, from managing email to attending virtual meetings. What I encountered was more of a learning curve than a leap into a new era of productivity. The toggling between different apps and the on-screen prompts – while visually stunning – often proved more cumbersome than the tasks they were meant to augment.

The appeal of augmented reality (AR) and on-the-go productivity cannot be overstated. However, when the rubber meets the road of a busy workday, the limitations become stark. The Vision Pro’s small form factor and lack of a traditional keyboard or mouse make extensive typing or detailed design work a challenge. Furthermore, the device’s early software iterations mean it’s not yet equipped with the breadth of applications found on more conventional devices.

Apple Vision Pro: Not Practical for Work, Here's 15 Reasons

15 Reasons Apple Vision Pro is Not Practical for Work

Not knocking the device entirely, but here are 15 limitations of the Apple Vision Pro that make it impractical for work:

  1. Extensive Document Editing – The lack of a physical keyboard hampers the efficiency required for heavy text editing.
  2. Detailed Graphic Design – Precision is key in graphic design, which is difficult to achieve without a traditional mouse or graphics tablet.
  3. Software Development – Coding requires a multitasking environment that the Vision Pro’s current interface struggles to provide.
  4. Data Analysis – Analyzing large datasets and spreadsheets is challenging due to the small display area.
  5. Long-Form Writing – Without a comfortable typing solution, writing articles, reports, or books becomes a strenuous task.
  6. Video Editing – The precision needed for editing video content is not achievable with the Vision Pro’s control scheme.
  7. Project Management – Managing complex projects with numerous tasks and timelines is cumbersome on a limited screen space.
  8. Financial Modeling – Complex calculations and models in software like Excel require a level of control not provided by AR.
  9. 3D Modeling – Precision in modeling software demands robust hardware and input devices not supported by the Vision Pro.
  10. Customer Support – Handling multiple customer service interfaces simultaneously is not practically manageable.
  11. Legal Document Preparation – Working with extensive legal documents requires a traditional computing setup for efficiency and precision.
  12. Scientific Research – Analysing scientific data often involves specialized software that is not compatible with or practical on the Vision Pro.
  13. Virtual Training Sessions – Conducting in-depth training sessions that require screen sharing and interactive tools is less effective.
  14. Conference Calls – The device might struggle with multitasking during video conferences, especially when accessing documents or presentations simultaneously.
  15. Network Administration – Monitoring and managing networks require access to multiple systems and interfaces that the Vision Pro’s current capabilities cannot comfortably accommodate.

While I, like many, am eager to embrace the future Apple teases, the pragmatic approach is to look to existing solutions. Devices such as laptops and tablets, with their robust software ecosystems and tactile interfaces, remain the workhorses of the modern workplace. For AR experiences that genuinely enhance productivity – think architectural modeling or medical diagnostics – dedicated hardware with a clear professional focus offers a more effective platform.

Apple Vision Pro: Not Practical for Work, Here's 15 Reasons

It’s easy to argue that I’m judging the Vision Pro by today’s standards, when the true measure of its utility will likely be taken in tomorrow’s world – a world that could be radically different from today. This argument is valid. However, for an item to be truly revolutionary, it must be able to exist in the context of its intended use. For the Vision Pro to become an essential tool for work, it must evolve to keep pace with, if not outstrip, existing solutions.

In its present form, the Apple Vision Pro is a marvel of potential, a flag planted in the soil of an exciting frontier. But while it may have its place in the grand scheme of our technological advancement, its role in the daily grind of work remains tenuous. As we set our gaze forward, it’s in the continued innovation and adaptation of our existing work tools that we’ll find the transformative power we seek.

For now, as the dust of its initial release settles, the Vision Pro’s distinct place might be more in the realm of personal enjoyment and exploration – a glimpse into what could be, rather than what currently is practical for work.

Founder, Editor-In-Chief // A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, ICANN, and Raytheon. A mentor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Entrepreneur School, Dr. David Choi. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; and invested in some. // Let's Connect: john@lastartups.com

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