How the Apple Vision Pro compares to Meta’s headsets
If you’re in the market for a VR or mixed-reality headset, deciding between Apple and Meta can be challenging, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Meta already has two VR headsets on the market and a third on the way. Can Apple compete with the current market leader?
Let’s take a look at the specs and features of each product hints that Apple might be the new gold standard.
Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 2/3/Pro: specs
|Feature||Apple Vision Pro||Meta’s Quest 2/3/Pro|
|Price||$3,500, which is three times more expensive than Meta’s most expensive headset and 10 times costlier than the baseline Quest 2.||Clear winner in the price category.|
|Sensors and Display||23 million pixel 4K display in each eye, far sharper than the Quest Pro’s Full HD LCDs. Twice as many cameras as the Quest Pro, plus powerful TrueDepth and LiDAR sensors.||Not as powerful as Apple Vision Pro in terms of sensors, cameras, and display.|
|Battery Life||Estimated battery life of about two to three hours, uses a detachable wired battery pack.||Matches Apple Vision Pro’s battery life, but uses an internal battery.|
|User Privacy||Eye-tracking data will never leave the headset, even Apple won’t have access to it.||Has been caught selling users’ eye-tracking data for targeted advertising.|
|Games and Apps||Can run virtually any app on Apple’s other devices. It can essentially replace an entire Macbook.||Heavily concentrated on gaming, primarily in VR.|
How does the Apple Vision Pro compare to Meta’s headsets on a purely technical level? It will be a tough competitor for Meta but falls short in one important category.
Meta is the clear winner in the price category. As incredibly powerful and sleek as the Apple Vision Pro is, it costs more than most people pay in monthly rent.
Sensors and display: Apple
You’ll get your money’s worth if you can afford the Apple Vision Pro. The sensors, cameras, and display are significantly more powerful than those in Meta’s Quest Pro headset.
The Vision Pro has a 23 million pixel 4K display in each eye, far sharper than the Quest Pro’s Full HD LCDs.
However, the Vision Pro has twice as many cameras as the Quest Pro, plus powerful TrueDepth and LiDAR sensors.
All those cameras allow the Vision Pro to have an outward-facing display that lets other people see the wearer’s eyes while wearing the headset.
Battery life: draw
There are no frontrunners in the headset battery contest. The Apple Vision Pro has an estimated battery life of about two to three hours, which matches all of Meta’s headsets.
The difference is that the Vision Pro uses a detachable wired battery pack. Meta’s headsets have an internal battery, so you will need a third-party detachable battery to replicate the same feature with a Quest 2, 3, or Pro.
Privacy and features on Apple and Meta’s headsets
Which headsets have the best features for users? Apple hasn’t announced the full range of apps on the Vision Pro, but there is one crucial difference between Apple and Meta’s headsets already.
User privacy: Apple
More people are paying attention to data privacy today. Part of this stems from fear of personal information being stolen or used for inappropriate purposes like advertising.
However, learning and training can go a long way toward defeating those concerns so you can use VR and AR safely.
That’s why it is so important to understand how Apple and Meta differ on user privacy. Paying more for the Apple Vision Pro is well worth it if you have concerns.
Apple has a long history of protecting and respecting users’ data privacy, while Meta has already been caught selling users’ eye-tracking data for targeted advertising.
Apple clarified in the Vision Pro announcement that users’ eye-tracking data will never leave the headset. Even Apple won’t have access to it. That policy makes Apple far and away the frontrunner regarding user privacy.
Games and apps: draw
Meta’s Quest headsets have been out much longer than the Apple Vision Pro, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have an edge on apps and games.
Meta’s available apps are heavily concentrated on gaming, primarily in VR. A Quest 2 or 3 might be the way to go if you mainly want a headset for playing VR games.
The Apple Vision Pro will launch with two incredibly powerful chips inside to run virtually any app on Apple’s other devices. It can essentially replace an entire Macbook.
You can play games on it, but you can also edit videos, write an essay, do graphic design, work remotely, or join a FaceTime call with a realistic 3D rendering of your face.
Which headset should you buy?
The choice between Apple and Meta can be tough if you’re considering buying a VR or mixed-reality headset. The Apple Vision Pro is worth the investment if you can afford it.
However, if you’re just looking to play VR games, Meta’s headsets could be the more cost-effective option.
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