Apple Vision is the new Grail for augmented reality: here are 5 reality checks before you dive in.

April 4, 2024
Ahmadou DIALLO

There are potential limitations to such a technology in human perception.

"We live in a world where we have a laser focus on technology at the expense of understanding what it means to be human." 

Sherry Turkle

A story about my augmented awakening.

I woke up. I don't even take my break first. I am just waiting at the door, looking for my Amazon delivery driver. 

I have heard about how the Apple Vision Pro can add spice to my life, albeit digital spice.

I did not sleep until 03:00 AM to preorder on the Apple website two days ago. Like Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, I am all for bleeding-edge technology.

I have never believed in Hell or Heaven until now. The moment I entered the Apple Vision Pro reality, I felt like I was wrong. Heaven exists in this world. I just entered it. I have never felt such a transformation. I could see my augmented being powerfully connected to the digital world. 

I cannot unplug my mind from Apple Vision Pro. In a curated digital world, my perception is shaped by curated and personalized filters, and I become obsessed. I am obsessed with my augmented self while neglecting my authentic self.

I started seeing glitches after three months, 24/7, experiencing life through the Apple Vision Pro. Dead pixels started opening a window to the real world. The filters began flickering. It was like waking up from a dream. I panicked. I started questioning what was reality or augmented reality.

I looked at the stranger in front of the mirror. The real, unfiltered mirror.

I wanted to speak, but my tongue did not move. I looked through the windows of my flat. Everybody outside was so ugly. Reality felt like a nightmare. I wanted to go back to my filtered digital reality.

The energy blackout has been going on for days. All devices have no battery. People started screaming. I started screaming. Welcome to the collective diminished perception of reality.

I was lost, disillusioned, and disconnected from the virtual and physical realities. I felt lonely and insecure. 

As I feel the fresh grass under my feet, I recognize how I missed that connection to Nature. With the sun caressing my skin, it felt like I was seeing again after being blind. As I hugged the tree in my backyard again, I could feel the energy of Nature vibrating with the cords of my soul. 

Looking back at those Apple Vision Pro glasses, I swear to myself that I will never fall for their spell again—unless they enhance my experiences, not replace them. 

End of the Story.

Part One: The Apple Vision Pro Going From Hyped Illusion To Fragmented Disillusion

"Technology is best when it's human and least when it's inhuman." 

- John Maeda

The Apple Vision Pro is the new god. You killed the previous ones: Zeus, the Sun, Capitalism, and the iPhone. George Orwell dreamed about it. Apple has been working on it since 1984. Welcome to the new Utopia, where a mixed-reality portal promises an enhanced experience. 

In that new PromessLand, there is no Prometheus. There are only privacy violations, isolation, and a stream of addiction delivered directly to your eyes. Like AI-generated images, every pixel is perfect for overshadowing the reality of human imperfection and diversity.

The universe is built on imperfect interactions. It is all about perfect imperfections. The Apple Vision Pro is about selling an ideal vision based on flawed and limited technology. 

Don’t fall into an augmented false reality. Strive for a fool reality with augmented experiences.

Part Two: When Symbolism Overtakes The Reality It Tries To Represent. 

"We must not allow the love of technology to replace the love of humanity." 

- Dalai Lama 

Once you get the Apple Vision Pro, you will create your avatar. Like Instagram, you can add filters and build a perfect perception of yourself. Then, you will jump into Facetime with the rest of your Blue Bubbles friends. You soon will become what you see through the Apple Vision Pro: an online curated version of yourself. 

The more you stay on that Apple mania Dystopia, the more you confuse your avatar with who you are. That perfect image will only drift away from who you are: a body stuck in a chair experiencing a fake reality. You are a Walking Dead in life, living a Marvel superhero-like movie. 

You must know tha self inside out before strapping those goggles into your eyes. Be mindful of those so-called filtered realities. Don’t let them confuse the energy of real-world experiences. 

Part Three: When Digital Language Tries To Replace Real-Life Experiences.

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." 

- W.B. Yeats

Language is a discreet lens trying to capture a full spectrum of human life experiences. Apple Vision Pro is a sum of pixels attempting to fool us into believing it is real. Augmented reality might lie to us, selling us 3D pixels or voxels as reality. Like words, pixels cannot describe the extent of real experiences. 

Over-reliance on discrete signals to capture the whole reality can suffocate our senses, leading to loss of senses and difficulty handling our emotions. Augmented reality is like a net trying to catch the ocean. 


Life is a multi-sensory journey. Apple Vision Pro is an exclusive set of fragmented realities fleeing from one pixel to the next. To be grounded, dig deeper with your bare hands, feel the universe's music through your bones, and accept the diversity of your senses as a membrane vibrating in synchronicity with the symphony of Nature. 

Part Four: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs Of Augmented Reality

"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man." 

- E.O. Wilson

Experiencing life through the lenses of augmented reality can hinder your ability to experience life organically. You are jumping from one pixel to the other. You might think you are dancing but just jumping around without going anywhere. 

In an augmented reality environment, you are chasing a filtered perfection that does not exist in reality. You are creating your God-like version of yourself. You are limiting yourself to the possibilities of a machine, albeit a nice imitation game. 

The game of life is one imperfection replacing the other. The beauty of human experience is in the diversity of possibilities. There is beauty in irreversibility. There is beauty in how life has created you: an imperfect being, which is the root of your unique experience. 

Part Five: Striking a balance between the Mechanical and the Organic Experiences

"Technology is a useful tool, but it will not save you if you don't save yourself." 

- Alan Lakein 

Apple Vision Pro, as it is today, is the worst version the company will ever ship. Augmented reality will blur the distinction between mechanical and organic worlds, and people will increasingly ask what it means to have a human experience in such a technological landscape.


You will rely more on technology. Your EQ (Emotional Quotient) will be extinguished. You will rely more on technology. Your critical thinking will diminish. You will rely more on technology. You will relinquish your control over your creativity. 

Nobody wants to lose touch with Mother Nature and its billions of years of wisdom. You should build a healthy relationship between your technology and your human experiences. The mechanic should not replace the organic. Strive for balance between the two. Use the digital to enhance, not replace, your physical life. 

Final Thoughts

The future is bound to be an augmented reality. The rise of Generalized Artificial Intelligence is coming. 

You should always remember that technology is just a tool. It is a symbol trying to represent your human experience to some extent. 

You can only harness the power of such technologies by acknowledging the myths around them, their inherent limitations, and their potential pitfalls. 

As you strap the Apple Vision Pro to your face, remember that true vision goes beyond what you see through your technological lenses. True vision is seeing through your organic senses.

Human experiences require critical thinking, self-awareness, and a deep connection to the universe's true vibrations. No filter is needed.

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