We are getting closer and closer The launch day of Apple’s Vision Pro headphones, meaning if you’re still not sold on ordering, you’ll soon be able to try it out in store. But don’t expect the process to be quick and easy. Into this week’s newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says customers hoping for a demo will each have to go through a face scan and subsequent assembly of the custom Vision Pro, calibration of the interface and all controls and equipment before the 25-minute demo. The Vision Pro experience.
The Vision Pro is designed to fit the user’s face precisely, with multiple size options for the lightweight seal, foam cushion and band. According to Gurman, Apple doesn’t plan to take the risk of trying to have universal compatibility for store demos. In addition to facial scanning, staff will have a device to scan customers’ glasses to determine the correct prescription for Vision Pro lenses. Each store will have “hundreds of lenses on hand for demos,” Gurman says, and staff will record the process, with one location detailing customers and another on a back-end control unit.
Some stores will have at least a dozen Vision Pro headsets for people to try out. According to Gurman, during the actual demo, users will be shown a range of normal, panoramic and “spatial” photos, spatial videos, immersive experiences, including “a scene that makes users feel like they’re on a rope” and a look at what it would be like to use Vision Pro as a computer. Registration will begin on February 2 at 8 am local time.
If you’re only going to buy the Vision Pro, the process should be simpler. You will have to go through face scans — — and then all the right pieces will be boxed in there for you, says Gurman. If you just want to look, each store will have a few display-only units.