Blurred Lines: Apple Vision Pro and Its Impact Across Sports
Plus a deeper look at how new technology is increasingly being tested within sports.
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Apple Vision Pro and Its Impact Across Sports
When the Apple AirPods first came out, I remember thinking to myself…
“Those look strange, no one is going to wear them”.
I now use my AirPods every day (and they generate more revenue than most famous technology companies) 🤯
So when I see the Apple Vision Pro, my new thought is “just give it a few years”.
This technology could have major implications across the sports landscape.
Let’s Dive In 👇
Apple Vision Pro
Our range of readers varies here, so I want to ensure I don’t gloss over what the Apple Vision Pro (APV) is before going any further.
Category: Apple calls it a spatial computer, others call it mixed reality, VR, AR, holographic computing, the metaverse, or XR.
Tech: blends digital content and apps into your physical space, and lets you navigate using your eyes, hands, and voice.
Examples: watch the news while scrolling through your emails, pull up a recipe app and have virtual cooking timers above your pots as you follow the instructions.
Reviews: mixed opinions but reviews tend to revolve around their thoughts on the future and pricing, not as much on the product.
I think where it can be super effective is in sports.
Sports and Apple Vision Pro
Disney CEO Bog Iger said “Apple Vision Pro is a revolutionary platform that will bring fans closer to the characters and stories they love…”
Sports fans have already shown love for a deeper viewing experience and the ability to watch multiple games at once (e.g. NFL RedZone & NBA League Pass).
Look at the MLB’s new app for Apple Vision Pro users:
enhanced data visualizations
three-dimensional viewing environment
And they’re not the only ones taking advantage of this new technology:
Compatible Apps: NBA App, Red Bull TV, MLS Season Pass, and others.
Cable Services: Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Contour, Sling TV, and Verizon Fios.
Sports Broadcasters: ESPN, CBS, Paramount+, NBC, Peacock, Fox Sports, and the UFC.
Arcade Games: Over 100 are available from launch, and I think sports video games could be a huge hit.
PGA TOUR Vision is another one I could see garnering good traction.
real-time shot tracking
3D models of real golf courses
leaderboards, scorecards, schedules
course information, and other tournament details
APV isn’t just about a new viewing experience — but more opportunities for others in the space.
VR & Sports
New product = New innovations.
Just as the emergence of the smartphone created the need for deeper applications, the Apple Vision Pro is doing the same thing:
PGA TOUR Vision is developed by Quintar, with UX and design led by digital product company Work & Co.
Rezzil announced the launch of their tactical scouting application that can be utilized on APV.
And the tailwind of this technology extends to ancillary solutions.
StatusPro, a sports/gaming VR company, secured a $20M Series A round that included an investment from Google Ventures and several pro athletes.
Where do I see the most opportunity for this technology in sports?
More immersive viewing experiences
Training, especially for injured players
Nothing tops being at an actual game or real-life training, but this new technology could potentially enhance “the sidelines” even more.
Macro View/Looking Ahead
In terms of mainstream adoption, I think this technology is still too clunky and expensive.
Yet, maybe The Simpsons are right again with their future predictions.
And while Apple’s product seems to be the most useful on the market (especially considering most Americans are owned by iOS)…
This isn’t new technology:
MetaQuest from Facebook
I believe sports fans and gamers could be provided with some amazing experiences…
But overall, the world isn’t ready — if anything it feels as if younger generations would go back to flip phones before VR googles.
Time will tell.
Another week, more great guests:
Aron Souza - President, Enhanced Games (listen here)
The Enhanced Games, backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is on a mission to reimagine performance and provide an alternative to the Olympics.
Tiago Costa - Co-Founder & CEO, Full Venue (listen here)
Full Venue just closed a €2M seed round to expand its AI marketing platform beyond Europe and into categories beyond sports.
💵 Business of Athletes
Maxx Crosby invested in ZenWTR.
Harry Kane invested in the golf apparel brand Reflo.
Former NBA player Paul Millsap invests in Atlanta Vibe volleyball team.
Retired NFL player Marques Colston aims to raise fund for helping athletes.
🏟 Sports Business
Eyeball closed its investment for its soccer scouting platform.
India-based SportVot closes seed round for grassroots applications.
Playfly Sports acquired London-based Evolution Sports.
Brazil-based PlayGreen raised $6m for sports betting platform.
Splash finalized $14.1m for peer-to-peer sports strategy gaming app.
CAMB AI secured $4m in new funding for AI speech technology.
Appreciate you reading today!
I’m really curious as to what sports look like 10 years from now, but particularly the world as a whole.
Exciting for sure (but potentially dystopian a little bit as well).