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Netflix isn't coming to the Vision Pro because it's 'not relevant,' co-CEO snipes

Oliver Haslam | Jan 27, 2024 5:06 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro headset is going to finally go on sale on February 2 but there is one app that will be notable by its absence. The visionOS App Store is going to be full of apps for people to take for a spin when they receive their new headset, but there is one that you might go looking for and find that you can't download at all. That app is Netflix, with the streaming service having taken the decision not to work on a Vision Pro app to date.

Netflix isn't coming to the Vision Pro because it's 'not relevant,' co-CEO snipes

The streamer has also taken the unusual decision not to allow people to download and install the company's iPad app either, something that few others have also chosen to do including Spotify and YouTube. In all three cases, this means that users of those services will have to access them via their websites in Safari or a similar browser instead.

Netflix's stance came via co-CEO Greg Peters who was speaking in an interview with Stratechery when he confirmed that the company had thought about launching a Vision Pro app but ultimately decided that it wasn't worth its time. Peters said that it was a case of the company needing to use its resources in the right places, adding that the rarity of the Vision Pro headset means that it simply isn't worth the company's time to build an app. Peters even went so far as to say that Apple's Vision Pro is "subscale," meaning that it just isn't worth building an app for.

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Apple's Vision Pro has its first visionOS software update and it isn't even out yet

Oliver Haslam | Jan 24, 2024 6:08 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro is currently available for preorder but it won't go on sale until February 2. That hasn't stopped Apple from continuing to work on getting visionOS into an even better state ahead of time though, and visionOS 10.0.1 will be ready and waiting once the headset goes on sale.

Apple's Vision Pro has its first visionOS software update and it isn't even out yet

The new software isn't expected to be a big update and it's believed that the release is a delta over-the-air update rather than a full one, suggesting yet further that we shouldn't expect any big changes. However, any new software update is a good thing because it means that Apple has improved some facet of the Vision Pro experience to the point of wanting to ensure that it is available for early adopters.

The Vision Pro headset is Apple's first foray into the world of mixed reality, or spatial computing, and it's clear that it wants to make as big of a splash as possible. The headset comes with a high $3,499 price point which also means that it will be scrutinized more than any other headset of its ilk, and Apple is right to try and make sure its visionOS software is as stable and functional as possible.

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Apple's Vision Pro is already shipping to early orderers ahead of Feb 2 launch

Oliver Haslam | Jan 23, 2024 9:30 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro first went up for preorder on Friday, January 19 after it was first announced way back in June of 2023, but it won't go on sale until February 2. The headset is set to be a huge deal for Apple as it marks the company's first entry into a new market since the Apple Watch back in 2014. And now it appears that people who were able to get their preorders in quickly are already starting to see their headsets ship from Apple's factories.

Apple's Vision Pro is already shipping to early orderers ahead of Feb 2 launch

That's according to a new report by 9to5Mac which notes that people who check their Apple Store order status will continue to see that it is preparing to ship. But as is the case with iPhone buyers around launch time people can instead head over to the UPS website and check their tracking there. Entering the orderer's phone number, sans the last two digits, as the reference number is often enough to find their order's delivery status. However, the 9to5Mac report does note that using the USPS My Choice platform is instead the better way to go thanks to unspecified changes to the normal tracking system.

In the case of the order checked by 9to5Mac, the Vision Pro order departed an Apple facility in Shanghai and weighed more than 10 pounds. However, this doesn't mean that anyone should expect the headset to start to arrive any time sooner than the February 2 release date. Apple often ships its preordered products out early like this before having couriers hold them locally to their delivery destination to ensure that they are available in good time.

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Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset has sold out in a weekend

Jak Connor | Jan 23, 2024 8:24 AM CST

Last week Apple made pre-orders available for its highly anticipated Vision Pro mixed reality headset, and while the price is certainly high-end that didn't stop hundreds of thousands of people pre-ordering the device.

Apple's Vision Pro mixed reality headset has sold out in a weekend

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has estimated that Apple sold between 160,000 and 180,000 Vision Pro units over the weekend, a truly astonishing number considering the headset is priced at $3,499, and $4,000 with extras. While Apple is undoubtedly very happy with the number of pre-orders for its first-generation device, the company reportedly only has between 60,000 and 80,000 units in stock at launch on February 2.

The demand for the Vision Pro has resulted in delayed shipping times, with customers now being informed they will have to wait between five and seven weeks to receive their order, while in-store pick-up will also be unavailable. Notably, analysts believe that Apple will be able to reach 500,000 units in 2024, but after those orders are filled Vision Pro demand will begin to taper off.

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Buying a fully kitted-out Vision Pro would cost you almost $4,800

Oliver Haslam | Jan 22, 2024 2:00 PM CST

Apple's Vision Pro headset is now available for preorder and that means that people can finally put their name down to get one of Apple's fancy new spatial computing headsets. But there is no denying that, starting at $3,499, the headset isn't a cheap thing to buy. In fact, it's quite a costly one but amazingly it's easy to turn that figure into a rather astounding one if you start adding the upgrades.

Buying a fully kitted-out Vision Pro would cost you almost $4,800

That $3,499 asking price gets you the base 256GB configuration, but if you upgrade that to the fully maxed-out 1TB configuration you'll pay an extra $400. Add AppleCare+ and some ZEISS lenses and the figures soon start to get into silly figures. In fact, by the time you're done adding the essentials you can expect to pay a brain-breaking $4,795.95.

Those are the figures put together by MacRumors and they're quite staggering. Alongside the 1TB upgrade, insurance, and optical lenses, the setup the outlet put together includes the Apple Vision Pro Travel Case which costs an additional $199. There's a battery holder as well, although that's a snip at just $49.95 considering the figures we're talking about here.

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Buying an Apple Vision Pro to use outside the U.S.? There's a catch you need to be aware of

Oliver Haslam | Jan 22, 2024 1:45 PM CST

Apple's Vision Pro is now available for preorder in the United States but there is no indication of when the spatial computing headset will be made available for purchase internationally. That has led some people to import a headset from the United States rather than wait, and it seems that those people should expect problems when it arrives.

Buying an Apple Vision Pro to use outside the U.S.? There's a catch you need to be aware of

That's after MacRumors reported that Apple's Vision Pro preorder web page says that there are a number of things that people need to keep in mind including the fact that they will need to have a US-based Apple ID in order for the device to work. What's more, AppleCare will not be offered internationally, although that will likely change once the Vision Pro officially drives in more countries.

According to MacRumors, the following caveats need to be considered.

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Apple's Vision Pro estimated to have sold up to 180,000 units in its first three days

Oliver Haslam | Jan 22, 2024 12:43 PM CST

Apple's Vision Pro headset is now finally available for preorder after months and months of waiting. The headset was first announced in June of 2023 but with preorders now live the headset will finally go on sale on February 2. Those who order a headset today might have to wait until the middle of March for it to arrive, but those who ordered quickly will receive their headset on February 2. But how many headsets were sold? Given an expected limitation on the number of headsets that would be ready for launch day, one analyst believes that Apple was able to sell up to 180,000 headsets.

Apple's Vision Pro estimated to have sold up to 180,000 units in its first three days

According to a report posted to the Medium website by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple likely sold between 160,000 and 180,000 during the first three days of the preorder window. And while Apple selling through its initial availability of the headset is perhaps not a surprise, Kuo suggests that there is still a concern to be noted here.

Writing in the same post, Kuo suggests that while delivery estimates ran anywhere to seven weeks pretty quickly, that estimated delivery window has not changed since. Whereas an iPhone preorder window normally sees these windows expand initially once stocks are exhausted and then continue to do so as more preorders rack up, that doesn't appear to have been the case here. Instead, the same delivery estimate remains in place today which might suggest that Apple has not been able to sell through all of the headsets it expects to be able to produce in a second wave of availability.

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Apple Vision Pro costs $3499, but without AppleCare+ the repair cost is an insane $2400

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 21, 2024 7:38 PM CST

Apple's new Vision Pro headset will cost you $3499 for the base model, scaling up to $4800 if you opt for 1TB of internal storage... but you will NOT want to damage it, as repair costs are as high as $2400 if you don't have AppleCare+ protection.

Apple Vision Pro costs $3499, but without AppleCare+ the repair cost is an insane $2400

The company opened up pre-orders for its new Vision Pro headset a couple of days ago, where if you buy the minimum 256GB internal storage model, you're looking at $3499, while 1TB of storage will set you back $4800.

You'll want to get AppleCare+ protection which costs $499, because without it, if you damage something catastrophic (expensive) like the display or another part of the Vision Pro headset, you could be looking at spending $2399 on repairing your expensive new headset. AppleCare+ protected? $299 for that same repair.

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These are the apps your Vision Pro will come with, but there's a huge caveat

Oliver Haslam | Jan 21, 2024 3:44 AM CST

Apple announced the Vision Pro AR/VR headset way back in June 2023 but it didn't give us all of the details that you might have expected. But now, as the headset gets ready for its big June 2 release the company has started to share more and more details about what we can expect when the headset finally arrives. As a part of that, we now know what apps the headset will come with preinstalled.

These are the apps your Vision Pro will come with, but there's a huge caveat

Apple has shared a full list of the apps that will come installed on every single new Vision Pro when buyers first put it on, and there is a total of 25 apps for people to look forward tousing. However, out of those 25 apps a surprisingly large number aren't Vision Pro apps at all. Instead, they're iPad apps that have been preinstalled on the headset to make up the numbers. And perhaps more worrying is the fact that some of them are core apps that you might have expected Apple to focus on getting ready for the big day.

Of the 25 apps that Apple will preinstall, the following have been redesigned and optimized for the Vision Pro:

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The Vision Pro can AirPlay what's on its display to other Apple devices, but it's limited

Oliver Haslam | Jan 21, 2024 2:45 AM CST

Apple's Vision Pro spatial computing headset is available for preorder now and people will start to receive their new devices next month and we're still learning new things. As part of the preorder window going live Apple has started to publish a number of new support documents to its website that details the headset, its capabilities, and more. And one of those has confirmed that other people will be able to see what Vision Pro owners see if they want them to.

The Vision Pro can AirPlay what's on its display to other Apple devices, but it's limited

That's thanks to the magic that is AirPlay, with Apple confirming that the headset will be able to send its display content to an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or any other AirPlay-capable smart TV or device. The move means that others will be able to see whatever the Vision Pro wearer can see, something that we were not aware of until now.

There is one big limitation in terms of how the AirPlay experience will work, however. While each of the displays inside the Vision Pro headset are 4K affairs, sending that content over AirPlay will see Apple limit the resulting image to just 720p. That might not be an issue for those watching on an iPhone, but it does mean that throwing the image onto a big screen via a projector, for example, could be problematic.

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