Apple Vision Pro's killer feature?

New headset might be a pain in the neck.

As Apple prepares to roll out the Vision Pro headset, the company gave influencers and early reviewers another sneak peek.

It’s the third round of “sneaks” the company has given to YouTubers and members of the press, and for the first time, Apple allowed these folks to take pictures with the headset on.

A lot of these early testers came away impressed by features like spatial video and video passthrough, but many of them also independently mentioned the same thing: It’s heavy!

Some even complained of fatigue and neck pain. Is this the Vision Pro’s killer feature — pain in the neck?

Also in today’s newsletter:

  • After losing in court, Apple must offer app users alternative ways to make payments, not just Apple’s own built-in methods (which extract a 30% fee). But Apple’s solution is being slammed as “bad-faith compliance,” and the company still manages to impose a hefty fee.

  • I have an earlier version of this Apple Watch charger and it’s still going strong. I keep it in my laptop bag and it’s great for traveling or weekends way.

  • As part of its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Apple launched a new Black Unity Collection with a new Apple Watch band and matching face, and wallpapers for iPhone and iPad.

  • We hands-on review Ugreen’s new USB-C GaN Fast Chargers, and find there’s a lot to like. They’re compact, inexpensive and pack a lot of power.

— Leander Kahney, EIC.

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— Steve Jobs, 2011.

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