Computer of the future

Why Vision Pro is prophetic.

Back in 1984, when Steve Jobs unveiled the first Macintosh, he was mocked mercilessly.

The Mac was derided as a “Fisher-Price computer,” a toy machine designed for unserious tinkerers and artsy-fartsy types who couldn’t master programming.

Many of the technorati thought it was just a toy because of its accessible point-and-click interface. At $2,495 — more than $7,400 in today’s dollars — it was also extremely expensive. And it shipped without any professional apps.

There was an element of truth in these early criticisms. The Mac was a very expensive toy without a “killer app” that made it an essential purchase, especially for businesses.

That changed with Aldus PageMaker, the first page-layout sofware, and the LaserWriter, one of the first laser printers — a combination that launched the desktop publishing revolution in 1985, a year after the Mac was introduced.

Looking back, there’s no doubt that Jobs’ original vision for computing that was accessible to all was right on the nose, even if the first product to articulate that vision was almost a massive business failure.

The same is true of Vision Pro. Yes, the headset is heavy, uncomfortable, isolating and lacks a killer app. No wonder lots of people are returning it to Apple.

But thanks to the amazing visionOS user interface, it is without a doubt a glimpse at the computers of the future.

Ten years from now, lots of computers will trace their ancestry to Vision Pro.

Who says Apple can’t innovate anymore? This is why computers in 2034 will be like Vision Pro.

And here’s why one of our writers is wavering about returning their Vision Pro. They can’t really afford it, but they love it and use it every day.

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