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Apple is planning to bring select retail store employees to Cupertino, California in early 2024 to learn about the Vision Pro headset ahead of the device's launch, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.

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Gurman revealed details about the "product training event" in the latest "Power On" newsletter. Apple apparently recent sent a memo to retail employees asking them to apply for the "secretive" event. Acceptance is dependent on an application and interview process. An extract from the memo reads:
Selected team members will travel and participate in an event in Cupertino, California, at some point in the first months of 2024. Upon returning to their home store, they'll deliver training and ongoing support to store team members. This is a group opportunity for those who have a deep passion for demonstrating Apple products and teaching others.
Gurman explained that the event seeks to teach employees about the Vision Pro and train them on the complex procedure involved when selling the device to customers. Apple hopes that a couple of members of staff from each retail store in the United States will attend before returning to their local store to teach their colleagues about the Vision Pro.

The rollout of the Vision Pro headset is expected to be the most complicated in Apple's history. Apple is planning to assemble customers' Vision Pro headsets in-store, compiling the appropriate headband, light seal, and optional prescription lenses. Flagship retail stores are set to gain dedicated Vision Pro hands-on areas, while other stores will only receive one or two units.

Gurman believes that the memo's wording indicates that the device will not be ready at the very beginning of the new year. Apple simply says that Vision Pro will launch in "early" 2024.

Article Link: Apple to Host 'Secretive' Vision Pro Training Event for Retail Staff
 
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Fuzzball84

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And they will add... no, there is no first party groin attachment... however... third party...

Picture an episode of Red Dwarf (Gunman of the Apocalypse, series 6)
 
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Selected team members will travel and participate in an event in Cupertino, California, at some point in the first months of 2024. Upon returning to their home store, they'll deliver training and ongoing support to store team members. This is a group opportunity for those who have a deep passion for demonstrating Apple products and teaching others.
To store staff, we are looking for volunteers to help sell the Vision Pro headset, will two of you step forward?
Then you see everyone but two of the retail staff not paying attention all step back. :D
 

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I really hope the AVP is shareable even if I have to buy different prescription lenses. I probably won't buy one if everyone in my family can't use it.
I also hope AVP (Alien versus Predator) is shareable... just because you watch it on VisionPro doesn't mean others don't want to see it too.
 
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My wife and son think I'm completely nuts for somehow wanting one of these. However, I'm suspicious that it'll be a rather expensive occasional use product. Not sure if something like this is going to replace just holding an iPad instead.
 

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My wife and son think I'm completely nuts for somehow wanting one of these. However, I'm suspicious that it'll be a rather expensive occasional use product. Not sure if something like this is going to replace just holding an iPad instead.
Well, look at it this way... if you don't want them to see what you're watching 😂

And it will free up your hands too.. but just stay in the bathroom.. door locked!

A genuine use case for some, I bet.
 

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Everyone seems to think this training is about setting up the device... but it might be about "how to sell a $3500 device without mentioning the price, ever".
This is going to be a really low volume product to start... and I think they may be training those people to ensure these first buyers are the best Guinea pigs ever! And ensuring they don't break them too.
 

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The fact that casual porn consumption is brought up in the comments under pretty much ever Vision Pro-related headline is rather telling. If we aren’t already in hell, we’ll surely be getting there.
They do say the porn industry is a big driver for new technologies! and I'd say this one pretty much ticks most the boxes.

Im damn sure in their research for this device, the private consumption of adult entertainment came up as a use case. Or it was categorised as 'other use cases'... double digit percentage!
 

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I know this is about sales training rumors, and I hate to veer so far from the subject, but I have to say it. Every couple of weeks I think maybe I've judged too harshly and this thing might actually catch on, but then I see a new picture of someone wearing it and I conclude all over again: this is going to be a train-wreck for Apple. It will be a high quality, well organized and funded train-wreck, but a train-wreck just the same.
 
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