Here’s what you need to know about pre-ordering the Apple Vision Pro

After first introducing the Vision Pro at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple recently revealed that the upcoming headset will be available starting February 2. However, if you can’t wait to get your hands on it, you can pre-order it starting today, January 19, at 8 a.m. ET in the US at Apple Store locations and online for $3,499.

According to BloombergApple also sees the UK, Canada and China as some of the first international markets to offer the headset after its US launch.

If you plan to place your order today, it’s a good idea to read everything you need to know beforehand. To make this a little easier, we’ve rounded up all the information you need to place a pre-order below, including some details about the headset, the various accessories it comes with, and more. We’ll also update this post as we learn more details, so be sure to bookmark this page.

In short, the Apple Vision Pro is a mixed-reality headset, one that has a 4K display for each eye and allows users to switch between virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with a Digital Crown-style dial. Together with Apple’s latest generation M2 chip, the headset is powered by the new R1 processor and runs on visionOS, a new operating system that allows users to navigate with their eyes, hands or voice.

Apple has described the headset as a productivity tool and entertainment device, but in reality we don’t yet know exactly what its standout feature is. However, we do have an idea of ​​what it is capable of. Apple says the headset can mirror your Mac’s screen and essentially act as a portable monitor for multitasking. At the same time, you can also use the headset to run iPhone and iPad apps such as FaceTime, Photos and Movies, and even watch spatial videos recorded with the iPhone 15 Pro. The headset will also likely offer an immersive streaming and gaming experience, giving users access to services like Disney Plus and the Apple TV app, along with games like Sonic Dream Team And Superfruit Ninja.

We haven’t reviewed the new headset yet, but in the short time we demoed it we were impressed. Although Apple calls the headset an augmented reality device, we found it looked more like a fantastic VR headset (even though Apple would prefer we call it a spatial computer). It also offered the highest resolution VR display we’d ever seen, with no lag and impressive video throughput that’s crisp and clear.

Speaking of Apple Vision Pro demos, you can also try out the headset for yourself if you’re on the fence about buying it, provided you live in the US. You can sign up for a demo of the Apple Vision Pro at your local Apple Store starting February 2 at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Based on the details we’ve received so far, it looks like you might only be able to try out the headset during launch weekend. However, we have contacted Apple to confirm this.

As recently described in Mark Gurman’s To turn on newsletter, the Vision Pro in-store demo is expected to last up to 25 minutes and includes viewing photos and videos. You can also try out a variety of third-party apps and use the headset as an ad-hoc replacement for your computer or iPad. Apple will reportedly scan your face before the demo to find the right fit, and if you need vision correction, an employee will also scan your lenses with a special device to determine your prescription. Apple is said to have “hundreds” of lenses on hand, allowing employees to accommodate most users.

Apple Vision Pro headset on a stand, photographed from a low angle.Apple Vision Pro headset on a stand, photographed from a low angle.Apple Vision Pro headset on a stand, photographed from a low angle.

$3499

The Apple Vision Pro is Apple’s first mixed reality headset, a headset that can deliver both virtual and augmented reality experiences. It delivers 4K video and runs on visionOS, so you can use the headset with iPhone and iPad apps and Apple TV.

As previously mentioned, the Apple Vision Pro will be available on February 2, but if you’re in the US you can pre-order it from Apple starting today at 8am ET. Make sure you have your iPhone or iPad ready when you place an order, as you’ll need to scan your face via Face ID so Apple can determine the right headband size for you. Apple has also determined that this requires the latest version of the App Store app, so be sure to update your software beforehand.

The headset starts at $3,499 with 256 GB of storage. You can also pre-order it with 512 GB of storage for $3,699, or with 1 TB of storage for $3,899. Whichever storage option you choose, you’ll also receive a cleaning cloth, a Solo Knit Band, a Dual Loop Band, a headset mask that Apple calls a “Light Seal,” and two Light Seal cushions. A case for the headset is also included, as well as a battery, USB-C charging cable and USB-C power adapter.

$3598

For those with vision correction needs, Apple also sells the Apple Vision Pro with Zeiss readers that attach magnetically to the headset for an additional $99. It includes the same accessories that come with the standalone headset, but you will need a valid prescription to purchase them.

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$3648

For an additional $149, the Apple Vision Pro also comes with Zeiss prescription lenses, although you’ll need a valid prescription to purchase them. They also attach magnetically to the headset and come with the same accessories that come with the standalone headset.

You can also buy the Apple Vision Pro with Zeiss prescription lenses, which attach magnetically to the headset. Buying the readers adds $99 to the total price, while buying them with prescription lenses costs an additional $149. Please note that these are only sold online and you will need to upload a valid prescription to Zeiss after check-out (or at a later time if you need more time). Apple hasn’t announced which recipes will be supported yet, but we’ll update this post when it does.

Update January 19, 10:40 am ET: Modified copy to reflect that the headset is now available for pre-order. We’ve also added new details regarding the checkout process and available storage configurations.

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