Apple fans got a proper look at one of the Vision Pro‘s more bizarre features, and not all of them are impressed.
EyeSight, which is designed to display a virtual representation of your eyes on the Vision Pro’s outward-facing visor screen, was one of the more intriguing features Apple teased when it unveiled the $3,499 Vision Pro last year.
It only activates when the Vision Pro detects someone standing directly in front of the user, and Apple says it is intended to help Pro wearers “stay connected to people around you.”
As well as displaying the virtual eyes, the outer screen can apparently also pulse with blue light when users are looking at an app, turn opaque when the Vision Pro is in full virtual reality mode, and even flash like a camera shutter when the device takes a photo.
EyeSight has featured heavily in the marketing material for the Vision Pro, but the release of the first full reviews of the device on Tuesday was the first time many Apple fans were able to see the feature in action, and the reaction from some was less than positive.
“Eyesight is so bad,” read one post on X. “I never thought Apple would release something like this… I might as well have left it out.”
Other users on X described the feature as “goofy” and “universally awful,” with some suggesting that the grainy outer display doesn’t match the headset’s $3,499 starting price tag.
The virtual eyes are based on “personas,” virtual digital avatars that are created by having Vision Pro scan your face and which appear on FaceTime and Zoom.
That feature is still in Beta, according to Apple, and it has also received a mixed response.
The first batch of Vision Pro reviewers described it as “deeply uncanny” and like “botox from hell,” and the social media reaction this week wasn’t much kinder.
The Vision Pro goes on sale on February 2, with Apple reportedly having already sold around 200,000 headsets in preorder.
Early reviews hailed the Pro as an impressive technical achievement and a good all-round entertainment device, but warned that the device could be isolating and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, made outside normal working hours.