Apple Vision Pro Preorders Begin Friday—What You Need to Know

Eager to get your hands on the first first-generation Apple gadget to be launched in years? Got a considerable amount of disposable income to make that happen? If so, then you’re in luck: preorders for the Apple Vision Pro headset are set to begin on Friday.

Apple’s long-in-development spatial computing headset was revealed last year, showcasing a bold new step for the iPhone giant with immersive apps, games, and media. But it doesn’t come cheap, and buyers will have to pay handsomely to be among the early adopters.

It’s unclear how much demand there will be right out of the gate, based on the immense price point and fact that ultra-premium mixed-reality headsets like this haven’t found a substantial audience yet. But even outside of that open question, there are a few things that you need to be ready for going into the preorder process.

Here are the key details for Apple Vision Pro orders in the United States, along with details on what comes with, what optional add-ons are available, and when you’ll be able to try out the headset for yourself at an Apple Store.

The basics

Apple will open preorders for the Vision Pro headset on Friday, January 19 starting at 8am ET. Orders will be delivered beginning February 2, though it’s not yet known how many units Apple has ready for day-one deliveries. The Apple Vision Pro is priced at $3,499.

It appears that you’ll need an iOS device to order the Apple Vision Pro online. According to an email sent to customers, according to 9to5Mac, an iPhone or iPad is needed to use FaceID to “determine the right size Light Seal and headbands, which work together to give you a precise fit,” according to the email. An up-to-date Apple Store app is needed.

What comes with it?

The Apple Vision Pro comes with 256GB of internal storage. Inside the box, you’ll also find multiple band options—the Solo Knit Band and Dual Loop Band—so you can find the best fit for your head. The bundle also includes a Light Seal and a pair of Light Seal Cushions, a cover, polishing cloth, battery pack, wall adapter, and USB-C cable.

Apple will also offer optional ZEISS snap-in lenses. Reader lenses will be available for $99 a pair, while prescription lenses will sell for $149 a set. You’ll need an active prescription to order the latter, but it should be more comfortable than wearing glasses inside the device.

Can I try the Apple Vision Pro?

Yes, but not before the units start arriving at buyers’ homes. Apple says that it will host try-on experiences at its own retail stores beginning on February 2, with appointments available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bloomberg reporter says to expect a lengthy try-on session that could last as long as 25 minutes, including scanning your face to find the best Light Seal fit, as well as potentially snapping in lenses that match a user’s glasses prescription. But if you want to order a Vision Pro headset to arrive on day one, then you’ll probably have to do it sight unseen.

Edited by Ryan Ozawa.

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