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Apple's Vision Pro headset costs around $4,600 with essential add-ons

Apple's Vision Pro headset costs around $4,600 with essential add-ons

When Apple unveiled the Vision Pro virtual reality goggles at a technology conference last year, many in the audience were surprised by its price: $3,500. That's more than four times the cost of a new iPhone and 14 times the cost of the Meta's competing headset.

The headset, which Apple has marketed as a computer, movie player and gaming machine, will hit stores on Friday. Ahead of its release, discussion has focused on its price: many have wondered why people would pay so much to do what they can do with their computers, TVs, and game consoles.

Yet the real cost of owning a Vision Pro is probably even higher. Try $4,600. This is because prices increase with add-ons and accessories that many people will want to purchase, including:

  • Apple's $200 carrying case to protect the Vision Pro on the go.

  • A pair of earphones for listening to music privately, like Apple's $180 AirPods.

  • An additional $200 battery pack to get more use out of the headset (because with only two hours of battery life, the headset won't last long enough to play a feature-length movie).

  • $100 prescription lens insert for glasses users.

  • An extra $200 cushion for fitting glasses for another family member.

  • An additional $200 for a larger data storage option (512 gigabytes instead of 256 gigabytes on the base model) to hold more videos and apps on the device.

And these are just the extras that many people consider essential. Other options, including Apple's $500 extended warranty coverage, a $70 video game controller, and a very silly $50 battery holder to clip to your pants, can push the price above $5,000 before taxes.

While I'm drawing your attention to these tempting statistics, we can all learn a valuable lesson from Vision Pro about “phantom costs”, add-ons that significantly increase the amount we spend. . For electronics, including smartphones, computers, and virtual reality headsets, they may include cases and charging gadgets.

Having a clear understanding of the true cost of tech ownership is important for any consumer trying to take control of their budget, said personal finance advisor Ramit Sethi. He said he became aware of the real cost when he bought a Honda Accord about 20 years ago. He initially thought he was spending $350 a month on the car to pay off his loan. After adding maintenance, insurance, gas, parking and tolls, the actual cost came to $1,000 per month.

“Companies trust you not to be able to do math,” said host Mr. Sethi. A Podcast on Money Psychology, “The bigger the purchase, the more money you'll spend invisibly.”

These lessons apply to any tech product we use regularly, not just Apple hardware. Let's look at the estimated cost of a Windows computer and a Samsung phone.

Microsoft sells it surface laptop 5 At a starting retail price of $1,000. But after adding some extra features from the Microsoft Store, it's more realistically a $1,950 laptop — almost double the sticker price.

Extras include:

  • $500 for more memory.

  • A pair of earphones, like Microsoft's $250 headphones.

  • $200 for a Microsoft dock that charges the laptop and connects it to an external display.

Here, the biggest real cost is memory, which is critical to helping the computer smoothly run multiple apps at the same time. Typically, computer manufacturers sell their base models with a modest amount of memory that is not enough to keep the computer running fast for several years, so it is wise to purchase a model with additional memory.

The $1,000 base model of the Surface Laptop 5 comes with just eight gigabytes of memory, but most people will likely need twice that much to run the latest Windows operating system and new apps and games smoothly. The 16 gigabyte model costs an additional $500.

Samsung's new high-end smartphone Galaxy S24 Ultra, has a starting price of $1,300. But it's more realistically a $1,540 phone.

Over the past five years, many smartphone makers including Apple, Google and Samsung stopped shipping phones with basic accessories like earphones and charging bricks, increasing their profit margins. And in an echo of the way computer manufacturers upgrade memory, base models of smartphones typically include a modest amount of data storage that isn't enough to keep your photos, videos, and apps for long. Is.

First, let's take a quick look at storage. According to Samsung, an average photo takes up five megabytes. So shooting 3,000 photos will take about 15 gigabytes. Popular mobile games like Fortnite and Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis gobble up dozens of gigabytes. On Netflix, each hour of video downloaded for offline viewing takes up approximately one gigabyte. To make a long story short, data storage can run out fast, so why get 256 gigabytes when you can spend about $100 more to double it?

Unless you already have accessories to work with your new phone, you'll need to keep an eye out for these additional features:

  • $30 for Samsung charging brick.

  • $40 for Samsung protective case.

  • $50 for Samsung Wireless Earbuds.

  • An additional $120 to get 512 gigabytes to hold more photos and apps. (At the time of this writing, this data upgrade is free for a limited time promotion.)

This doesn't include the cost of using the phone with a modest wireless phone plan, say, $70 per month. With wireless service included, the cost of owning this Samsung phone over three years is approximately $112.77 per month, or $4,060 total.

The point is not to shame people about buying technology, Mr. Sethi said, but to raise awareness about how much we are actually spending on new gadgets, which is much more than we think. That's why the best practice for most people who buy tech products is to keep them for as long as possible. This way they maximize the value they get not only from the equipment, but also from the many extras purchased for them along the way.

For comparison purposes, the examples above show the cost of additional features like headphones and cases if you purchased them directly from device manufacturers. An easy way to save money would be to shop for cheaper third-party options, but the purchase will still be a hypothetical cost that will increase the total price of your tech.

All of this brings us to the biggest perceived cost of regularly purchasing new phones and products like Apple's Vision Pro: the price you pay for early adoption.

Mr Sethi said, “The more you buy a new phone, the more people around you expect new things from you, and the more you create an identity that you always have the newest thing. ” “This is the biggest hypothetical cost of all.”



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