How to try the Vision Pro headset yourself

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After months of waiting, Vision Pro is now here. Apple’s mixed reality headset – or “spatial computer” as the company calls it – goes on sale on February 2, after pre-orders opened on Apple’s website on January 19.

If you want to be one of the first to try Vision Pro, there are a few things you can do once things get started. Here’s everything you need to know about signing up to demo the headset for yourself.

How to demonstrate Vision Pro

Vision Pro windshield on display at an Apple Store.
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Apple has never released a product like the Vision Pro, and chances are most people have never tried it best VR headset or alternative mixed reality headset. With that in mind, it’s understandable that Apple would want to show customers what the Vision Pro is capable of to convince them to part with its $3,499 asking price.

That’s why the company is letting anyone come to their local Apple Store and see a free demo of the headset for themselves. Live demonstrations of the headset are open from February 2 onwards, and are currently available to order. Depending on how busy your local Apple Store is, you might be able to just walk in and get a demo.

But to be safe, we recommend it register on Apple’s website to order a demo. After clicking “Book a Demo” from the menu, you just need to register with your Apple ID, answer a few questions about your glasses — and you’re good to go. You can only make reservations up to a few days after registration day, but there should be plenty of time slots available, even late into the evening.

It’s worth noting that you can do this without having to order the Vision Pro first. I recommend arriving to your appointment a few minutes early to ensure you get the full duration of your appointment.

What to expect from your demo

Someone used the Vision Pro demo at the Apple Store.
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The in-store demo was thirty minutes long, most of which was a guided tour of how to control and navigate the Vision Pro with an Apple Store employee.

The first few minutes will involve setting up the headset for you. Notes: if you wear prescription glasses, they will have to take you to get a prescription and fit the correct lenses for your eyes. You don’t need to know your recipe to get started.

After that, you’ll learn the basics of how to use your eyes and hands to open applications, select things from menus, and interact with virtual windows. This includes learning hand gestures and the Digital Crown. The entire demo was done while sitting. I asked for Dual Loop ribbon, because the Solo Knit ribbon that comes standard immediately made me uncomfortable.

As for the demo, you’ll start with the Photos app, to try browsing through images and viewing panoramic photos. You’ll even see some examples of spatial videos shot with Vision Pro, which feel very immersive.

From there, you can try things like Environment view — switching from full virtual reality to mixed reality — as well as typing in Safari. In the Apple TV+ app, the demo will include a trailer Super Mario Bros Movie in a virtual cinema, as well as a compilation of several 180-degree VR videos.

Vision Pro displayed at the Apple Store.
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If you have time in the end, Apple’s associates may allow you to freely play with some of the other available apps, such as playing games or watching movies. Meeting Dinosaurs in-depth video.

This demo doesn’t cover everything, but it gives you a pretty good idea of ​​what it’s like to use the Vision Pro, how good its passthrough camera is, get a feel for navigating around the operating system, and get a feel for some of its features. content available.

Vision Pro is a completely new technology and requires experience to understand. Moreover, if you are really considering buying one, I highly recommend trying it out first to get a feel for the comfort and ergonomics of wearing the headset.

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