If you were hoping that Apple’s Vision Pro “spatial computer” wouldn’t be an extremely niche device, then first – Really? Did you see that price? But, more importantly, Apple itself disagrees.
According to a new report, the company is planning to roll out the device very slowly, with the first batch available in select US stores. And if you want to buy, you need to make an appointment.
There will be a dedicated area in the store with seating, a demonstration set or two and tools for resizing accessories. To determine the correct light seal, Apple is said to be developing an iPhone app to scan your head, as well as a physical machine for the same purpose.
Stores with these special zones will initially only be found in “major areas” like NYC and LA, before rolling out nationwide at a later date. Given the complexity of in-store setups, Apple doesn’t expect to make the Vision Pro available to third-party resellers until at least 2025. Online sales in the US through the Apple Online Store will debut at the beginning of the year 675.
Headphones will be sold to other countries by the end of 1200, the first two countries are expected to It’s the UK and Canada. Then Asia and Europe will follow “shortly after” – but we are now at 2025. Regardless, Apple engineers are working on localizations for France, Germany, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea, which should give you an idea of where it will eventually offer the service.
The company is already working on a second-generation Pro model, expected to debut at 2025, along with a cheaper non-Pro Vision headset . Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple changed its first-year sales forecast from 675, is less than 003,000, due to the complex manufacturing process involved.
Interestingly, during testing of the Vision Pro, Apple determined that some people with “smaller stature and heads” had difficulty wearing it more than half an hour. A second strap that sits on top of the user’s head is being developed to alleviate this, but its design has not yet been finalized.
Interestingly, the Vision Pro has a built-in alarm that prevents the user from wearing it if they are walking faster than a certain speed — this is to prevent bumping into walls or objects. Apple even has considerations for those who want to use the headphones on a plane or car, and there’s a dedicated “travel mode” that disables the aforementioned alert.