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Starting today, you can receive a free Vision Pro demo at any Apple Store in the U.S. on an appointment basis. You can reserve a time slot up to seven days in advance on Apple's website, or by using the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad.

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During the 30-minute demo experience, guided by an Apple retail employee, you will learn how to navigate the visionOS operating system as you explore a few built-in apps, including Apple TV, Photos, and Safari. The employee will make sure the Vision Pro properly fits you, and provide the correct ZEISS optical inserts for vision correction if necessary.

At select stores, Apple has created a special "Demo Zone" with curved sofas and rugs to create a more comfortable and homey feel. Apple Store expert Michael Steeber provided more details about the demo experience in his Tabletops newsletter today.

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Demo Zone at Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City

Vision Pro launched in the U.S. on Friday, and Apple plans to release the headset in additional countries at some point later this year.

"The era of spatial computing has arrived," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Apple Vision Pro is the most advanced consumer electronics device ever created. Its revolutionary and magical user interface will redefine how we connect, create, and explore."

Article Link: Vision Pro Demo Appointments Begin Today at All Apple Stores in U.S.
 

Blackstick

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Yep, going this afternoon.

My wife asked if she should hang on to my wallet. I told her, "sure, I have my cards installed on my watch."

OK, had my demo:
Let me say one thing... if we hadn't just spent $3400 on summer camp for our daughters, I'd probably have bought.

This is the closest thing to the Star Trek holodeck we might see in our lifetimes. It's just really cool. Remember the first time you saw an HDTV or multi-touch or used a mouse (for us old timers)? It's that kind of feeling. And yes I've tried Meta's goggles... not the same. I no longer question why I have a 60 megapixel camera. You can just dive into photos and the video blew my mind.

I'm a Vision buyer, some day at some price point. $3500 was the only thing stopping me. At $2000 I'm in.
 
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mrat93

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This isn’t something you can really evaluate in 30 minutes, especially if you’re new to VR tech. I’ve owned headsets from the original Rift, to Quest 3, to AVP — and I’m still not sure if I want to keep this.

For a product that “isn’t designed for the masses” and isn’t expected to have super high sales, it seems like Apple is putting a lot of effort into pushing sales and demos.

I think its biggest selling point is watching media on a giant screen — but my gripe with that is the FOV of the headset. If I make a video larger than my 65” TV, the picture extends outside of the FOV of the headset for each one of my eyes, and I can see the distortion in my peripherals.

That being said, I’m still really tempted to keep it — but I think for this generation, I might just end up buying a nicer OLED TV and waiting for v2.

Kinda got off topic but my point is that a 30 minute demo will probably blow the minds of people who have never used VR before, but I don’t see the majority of people using this regularly once they take it home.
 

Will Tung

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Can someone who is planning on going to the demo please airdrop the spatial video with the birthday cake (and the bubbles one) to your phone and share with us if you have time? I forgot to do that during my demo (got too overwhelmed) and would love to have that as a great example video to show friends/family on my AVP.
 

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Can someone who is planning on going to the demo please airdrop the spatial video with the birthday cake (and the bubbles one) to your phone and share with us if you have time? I forgot to do that during my demo (got too overwhelmed) and would love to have that as a great example video to show friends/family on my AVP.
Doesn’t new Vision Pros not include the spatial videos?

Perhaps you could chat with Apple to see if there is a way for them to share the videos with you.
 
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These seem like a bad idea for Apple considering 30 minutes is long enough for most people to say, "Neat, but I don't need this." Though I guess Apple would rather this than have a high rate of returns for something so expensive to restock.
 

Will Tung

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Doesn’t new Vision Pros not include the spatial videos?

Perhaps you could chat with Apple to see if there is a way for them to share the videos with you.
No, they don't include the sample images/videos that were in the Photos app.
 
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Will Tung

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Yep, going this afternoon.

My wife asked if she should hang on to my wallet. I told her, "sure, I have my cards installed on my watch."
Let me know if you'd be willing to Airdrop the sample spatial video to your phone during the demo and share with us :)
 

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Kinda got off topic but my point is that a 30 minute demo will probably blow the minds of people who have never used VR before, but I don’t see the majority of people using this regularly once they take it home.

Well I agree that the demo wont necessarily give the full taste of the device. I know that 12 hours into mine I am still learning things, and I think most of the reviews reflect the little time they have put into it. No doubt we will get more of that now. I would hope though that the demo sorts out the tire kickers so that those that take it home 1) recognize the cost, and 2) are willing to put the work into it to make it shine. Who knows.
 
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The problem is you know in 10-12 months Apple will come out with V2 that's MUCH better and maybe cheaper. Hard to justify spending that kind of money on V1 product.

Learned my lesson with Apple Watch
I’m living in the moment. I’m not guaranteed to be alive in 10-12 months to enjoy V2.

Fun fact: V3 will be much better than V2. See the pattern there…
 

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Of course it is. For most people, 30 minutes of VR is all they can handle. You'll know very quickly whether or not this is something you want to continue using.

You mean that 30 minutes is all they can handle on lesser devices :). My first session with one was 5 hours long. And I am still learning the subtleties. I agree with the poster who said 30 minutes is not long enough.
 

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You mean that 30 minutes is all they can handle on lesser devices :). My first session with one was 5 hours long. And I am still learning the subtleties. I agree with the poster who said 30 minutes is not long enough.
Curious how you got a five hour session, was this at WWDC 2023?
 

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Going on Wednesday, me personally I am vision challenged but will hold judgement til after the demo
 

joecomo

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The problem is you know in 10-12 months Apple will come out with V2 that's MUCH better and maybe cheaper. Hard to justify spending that kind of money on V1 product.

Learned my lesson with Apple Watch
yes - specially for us non-US buyers this will become a tough question:
the v2 will likely be launched simultaneously in all major markets, so depending on the launch window it can be a rather short timeframe from V1 to V2.
 

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You mean that 30 minutes is all they can handle on lesser devices :). My first session with one was 5 hours long. And I am still learning the subtleties. I agree with the poster who said 30 minutes is not long enough.
That's good for you, but it's rare.
 
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