After Decades of Promise, the Virtual Reality Era Has Finally Arrived

Virtual reality is a paradigm shift for consumer technology. The tech has a long road ahead, but amazing hardware already puts the huge potential on full display.

The Apple Vision Pro headset is seen on display at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on February 02 2024 in New York City Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Retail and People Deirdre OBrien were at the opening of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue as the company begins its sale of the Vision Pro headset the companys first new product in seven years Photo by Michael M SantiagoGetty Images
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The virtual reality industry got a much-needed jolt when Apple finally joined the fray with its first VR headset. If any company can bring face-worn devices to an audience beyond gamers, it’s the tech giant that introduced the world to the smartphone. “Apple is focused on the mass market,” says Jitesh Ubrani, research manager at IDC. “Apple is doing a great job introducing the technology to many people.”

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John Miley
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

John Miley is a Senior Associate Editor at The Kiplinger Letter. He mainly covers technology, telecom and education, but will jump on other important business topics as needed. In his role, he provides timely forecasts about emerging technologies, business trends and government regulations. He also edits stories for the weekly publication and has written and edited e-mail newsletters.

He joined Kiplinger in August 2010 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, where he wrote stories, fact-checked articles and researched investing data. After two years at the magazine, he moved to the Letter, where he has been for the last decade. He holds a BA from Bates College and a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Northwestern University, where he specialized in business reporting. An avid runner and a former decathlete, he has written about fitness and competed in triathlons.