The Vision Pro’s durability test turned up a few surprises

Durability tests conducted on Apple’s new Vision Pro headset have revealed a lot of things we didn’t expect.

In an admittedly unscientific test, tech YouTuber AppleTrack strapped the new Vision Pro mixed reality device to his head and spent some time walking up walls and doors to see how the glass front on Apple’s latest device held up. He also dropped the headset from a height to see whether it remained intact or shattered into thousands of small pieces. It does neither, but more on that later.

At the start of his video, AppleTrack’s Sam Kohl offers some very important advice for anyone shelling out $3,499 for Apple’s new Vision Pro headset. Namely: Avoid lifting the headset by the lamp seal. It turns out that the magnetic bond between the seal and the main device is not very strong and easily comes loose if you lift the headset by just the seal. Such an accident could cause your expensive headset to fall to the floor, risking damaging your new Vision Pro.

For a durability test, Kohl put the Vision Pro on his head and spent about 40 minutes walking around things. Of course, few people are so clumsy that this is an unreal exercise – Kohl just wanted to bang it against various surfaces with the weight of its head behind it to see how the glass and other devices would hold up. Despite the knocks and knocks, the glass remains in excellent condition, with only a few minor scuffs appearing.

During testing, it was clear that in pass-through mode where the real world is visible through the headset, the Vision Pro didn’t provide a “back off” warning notification if you got too close to an object. Such notifications only appear when you’re in immersive mode in a virtual environment, although Kohl found that they can be slow to appear.

Wanting to hit him a little harder but reluctant to suffer a concussion for the sake of his skill, Kohl took off his headset and smashed it against the wall with more force than before. More scratches appeared, but overall the glass remained intact.

The drop test from head height again did not cause any problems with the glass, but Kohl then tried the device for the first time since the start of the test and found that the left speaker no longer worked. He also noticed a small gap in the tape around the right hinge about an inch from the glass. “I didn’t expect that to be the first part of Vision Pro,” comments Kohl. The same crack appeared on the other side a moment later.

Finally, the YouTuber dropped the Vision Pro from above, a distance that caused the glass to eventually shatter, although it remained together. As he peeled away the glass shards, Kohl was pleased to find that the device continued to function as usual. Its camera operator even stated that EyeSight’s digital representation of the wearer’s eyes — a feature that drew criticism for its questionable quality — on the Vision Pro’s now glass-free screen “might even look a little better.”

No, we’re not recommending that you open your Vision Pro glass to get a better Vision experience, but it might be a relief to know that if your screen is cracked and you don’t have AppleCare Plus to cover it. damage, then you don’t have to spend $799 on new glass.

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