Apple Vision Pro pre order – what you need to know

Mark your calendars, we now know when you can pre-order the Apple Vision Pro.

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Since Apple announced its first venture into augmented reality, people have been persistent in asking ‘Can you pre order the Apple Vision Pro?‘. Apple initially unveiled its Vision Pro headset at its Worldwide Developers Conference last June, and fresh into 2024 we’ve been lucky enough to get the official pre order and launch date from the company, as it no doubt wants to start the year off strong. So, simply keep reading to find out all the relevant information about the pre ordering of Apple’s Vision Pro VR/AR system, that’s making the notion of productivity-based virtual reality even more mainstream.

Can you pre order the Apple Vision Pro?

At the time of writing, US buyers can now pre order the Apple Vision Pro ahead of its full launch on February 2nd, 2024. The pre order period started on Friday, January 19th, and according to Apple Analyst Ming-chi Kuo, between 160,000 and 180,000 Vision Pro headsets have already been sold. This goes above and beyond his previous estimate that there will only be 60,000 to 80,000 units in stock at launch. Clearly, demand is high – so it’s worth making your pre order investment sooner rather than later to make sure the Vision Pro will actually still be in stock.

In terms of where you can pre order, you’re limited to just the US Apple Store online, and following the full launch you’ll be able to purchase the Apple Vision Pro at all Apple Store locations across the US. Apple has launched the Vision Pro headset in its native US first, but the official Vision Pro pre order page does state that Apple looks forward to “bringing Apple Vision Pro to more countries later this year”, so we might be seeing the global rollout of the headset at some point in the last quarter of 2024.

Apple Vision Pro – overview

The Vision Pro device promises a more refined mixed reality experience compared to other VR headsets, bringing you the latest in ‘spatial computing’. Essentially, you’ll be getting a refined blend of both the physical world and the digital world Features including ambient spatial audio and super-sensitive sensors and microphones enable accurate controls and display, whilst cameras integrate the mixed-reality headset into your surroundings. Compatibility with the Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, and iPhone is also expected.

This digital crown runs off an M2 chip and boasts a whopping 23 million pixels across the eyepieces. It therefore promises high-quality streaming of movies and TV, next-level Facetime calls, and use of Apple Arcade games and the App Store, all seamlessly blended into your real-life surroundings. Tracking the movements of your eyes and hand gestures, the Apple Vision Pro headset lets you easily control the display and extent of digital enhancement of your environment.

How much will the Apple Vision Pro cost?

The Apple Vision Pro is set to cost around $3,499/£2,817 for the base model, which comes with 256 GB of storage. This is pretty expensive, but it’s what you’d expect for the cutting-edge technology usually delivered by the American brand. It’s worth noting that the price in GBP is a direct conversion of the price in USD, and this figure is likely to be subject to change as we haven’t yet had a UK release date or price from Apple.

Keeping in mind that it’s a significant amount to invest, Apple has lightened the load on your bank by offering a 12-month financial plan in which you pay for your Vision Pro in monthly installments of $291.58 rather than forking out the $3499 upfront.

For those after a higher storage variant, there are two other models available: a 512GB Vision Pro for $3,699 and a 1TB model for $3,899. Naturally, the Vision Pro has not been designed for wearing over glasses, so Apple has partnered with Zeiss to create the Zeiss Optical Inserts that allow you to customize your Vision Pro headset with prescription lenses for an additional $129, or add Readers for $99.

What will you get with the Apple Vision Pro?

Upon your pre order or purchase of the Vision Pro after its official launch, you can expect to find the following accessories included alongside your purchase.

  • Both a Solo Knit Band and a Dual Loop Band, for a comfortable and precise fit
  • A light seal and two light seal cushions
  • An Apple Vision Pro cover
  • Polishing cloth
  • The battery pack
  • USB-C charging cable and USB-C power adapter

Gloria’s Thoughts

So, the official pre-order date of the 19th of January 2024 has passed us by, and you can now add the Vision Pro to your basket. Over the course of pre orders up to the full US launch on the 2nd of February, we’ll be covering everything Apple Vision Pro, so make sure to check back to get all your questions and queries answered and up to date. With just over a week until its full launch, we’re one step closer to experiencing digital content and entertainment in unbelievable and exciting ways as we enter the era of spatial computing.

Hungry for more Apple Vision Pro content? Check out our comparison of the forthcoming headset with the HTC Vive XR Elite here.

Gloria is a tech and AI writer for PC Guide. She is interested in what new technology means for the future of digital and broadcast journalism.