Friday, July 7, 2023

Price, availability, and information about the VR headset Apple Vision Pro News

Price, availability, and information about the VR headset Apple Vision Pro News


With the dust still settling on the tech giant's debut AR/VR headset, the Apple Vision Pro, one of the biggest announcements in recent years, there are still many unanswered issues. When will the Vision Pro actually be available? What is known about its specifications? And if you wear glasses, how will you use them?

In this compilation of all the information we currently have (so far) on the Apple Vision Pro, we address these queries as well as many others. For a more first-hand account of how the headset feels to wear, see our hands-on Apple Vision Pro review. 

The operating system for the headset, visionOS, is now in the hands of developers, and a clearer image of how this "spatial computer" (as Apple describes it) will function and fit into our lives is beginning to take shape.



A new report claims that the Apple Vision Pro may be lacking some features at launch, including the ability to show multiple Mac desktop screens.

July 7, 2023: you might struggle to get your hands on the Apple Vision Pro as Apple may only be able to manufacture 150,000 of them in 2024.

June 22, 2023: the Apple visionOS beta is now out in the wild with developers, and it's taught us six things about the AR/VR headset.

June 22, 2023: a new report from The Information suggests Apple had planned to include more features in its Vision Pro unveiling, but left five key ones out as they weren't yet ready for primetime.

June 19, 2023: the iPhone 15 is tipped to have a UWB (Ultra Wideband) chip, which could help unlock the Apple Vision Pro's potential.

June 12, 2023: according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman Apple is already working on two Vision Pro successors, including a cheaper one. Though the latter isn't slated to arrive until the end of 2025.

June 8, 2023: some new speculation has hinted at how expensive the Vision Pro's 'vision correction accessories' could be for glasses-wearers. The short answer: you're looking at "$300-600 a pair" for the Zeiss prescription lenses. Ouch.

June 7, 2023: all of the early verdicts on the Apple Vision Pro are in from those lucky enough to try it out at Apple Park (including TechRadar). Our Vision Pro review roundup gives you an early temperature check of everyone's early thoughts.


Vision Pro release date: Sometime "early next year" according to Apple.

Vision Pro headset price: Starts at $3,499 (around £2,800 / AU$5,300).

Vision Pro headset specs: Apple's headset uses two chipsets, an M2 and a new R1 to handle regular software and its XR capabilities respectively. It also has dual 4K displays.

Vision Pro headset design: The Vision Pro has a similar design to other VR headsets, with a front panel that covers your eyes, and an elastic strap. One change from the norm is that it has an outer display to show the wearer's eyes.

Vision Pro headset battery life: It lasts for up to two hours on a full charge using the official external battery pack.

Vision Pro headset controllers: There are no controllers – instead you'll use your eyes, hands, and voice to control its visionOS software.


Apple says the Vision Pro will "start" at $3,499 (that's around £2,800 / AU$5,300). That wording suggests that more expensive options will be available, but right now we don't know what those higher-priced headsets might offer over the standard model.

As for release date for the Vision Pro, Apple has only given a vague “early next year.” That's later than we'd been expecting, with leaks suggesting it would launch in the next few months – perhaps around the same time as the iPhone 15 – but that isn't the case. As 2024 gets closer we expect Apple will give us an update on when we'll be able to strap a Vision Pro onto our heads.

Interestingly, Apple's website only mentions a US release. Apple has yet to confirm if the Vision Pro will launch in regions outside of the US, and when that'll happen. Even if it does launch outside of the US you might struggle to get your hands on one; Apple is reportedly going to make less than 400,000 Vision Pros and maybe even as few as 150,000.

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