Apple Still Hasn't Discussed the Vision Pro's Weight and Optional Top Head Strap

Coming away from all the press coverage and the demonstration videos that Apple released for its Vision Pro headset, most people would be forgiven for not realizing that there is an optional additional strap for the device that goes over the head.

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Still from Apple's WWDC keynote video showing over-the-head strap in use

The additional strap is presumably used to better disperse weight and/or keep the headset from being easily dislodged when the wearer is moving around. It only appeared once in Apple's WWDC keynote, in a brief scene where a man stands and records a video of children playing with bubbles using the headset's outward facing cameras.

Otherwise, it is conspicuous only by its absence in Apple's marketing materials. Indeed, Apple has not even mentioned the optional head strap, but some of those who got to try the headset in person in Cupertino this week, such as MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera, did get to use it.

"A lot of people probably didn't know this just by looking at some press images, but there is another band that goes over the top of your head," said Dan in his initial impressions video.

In his opinion, with the additional strap attached, the Vision Pro is "not that far off from other headsets in terms of weight," but it does "a really good job of dispersing that weight" and making it not so front-heavy. "I do think most people will want to use it," he added.

Apple has not revealed the weight of the Vision Pro, but Apple's decision to offload the battery to an external pack speaks volumes about the need to keep the headset as light as possible. The braided headband that goes around the back of the head has a fit adjustment dial, but by offering an additional strap, Apple implicitly seems to be acknowledging that the one headband may not be comfortable or secure enough for some users, especially if the device is going to be worn for extended periods of time.

Apple Vision Pro with battery
It's worth remembering that members of the press who got to try the headset did so only for around 30 minutes, which is some way off Apple's stated two-hour battery life (Apple even says it is designed for all-day use when plugged in to a power outlet). For example, in his own first impressions write-up, Daring Fireball's John Gruber did not mention any use of the additional over-the-head strap, but he did have this to say about the weight:

The single biggest downside from my demo experience is that Vision Pro feels heavier on your face than I had hoped it would. It's not uncomfortable — at least not for 30 minutes — but I never forgot it was there, and it just makes your head feel a bit front-heavy.

Since Apple hasn't discussed the existence of the additional strap, we don't yet know if it will be included in the box with the headset when it goes on sale next year. But given its relative absence in marketing materials, the likelihood is that it will be offered as a separate paid-for accessory for those who feel they need it.

Whether that will go down well with consumers considering buying a first-generation product with a $3,499 starting price remains to be seen.

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wikiverse Avatar
15 months ago
Will it come with a wi-fi snorkel antenna? That scene with the dad taking a video is creepy. Way more creepy than Google Glass ever was. Honestly, imagine that scenario in real life. Super weird. Just use your phone.

TBH this whole thing feels a bit like the Segway. Great, useful, and technologically advanced in theory, but in practice just clumsy, awkward and lame. If it was the size of a pair of glasses, then sure.

But strapping a snorkel mask to your head just to have a gimmicky way to do what you can already do on your phone or your macbook is kind of dorky and weird.



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mystery hill Avatar
15 months ago

If it was the size of a pair of glasses, then sure.
This is the first version.

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Memory: 1 MB
Storage: 5 MB
Display: 12 inch monochrome (720 x 360p)
Weight: 22 kg
Price equivalent: $30,000 ($9,995 when released)



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spazzcat Avatar
15 months ago

Imagine being at a birthday party or xmas, or just having a fun time at home and having your dad strap on his stupid looking snorkel mask and start leering at you with his creepy digital eyes peering out. I guess you can re-live that trauma over and over again in 3D video though.
I can because I remember, as a kid, my grandfather holding his VHS camcorder at every event.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Feek Avatar
15 months ago
I think every video I've seen where people got to try it says that it's quite heavy. I guess with all that metal and glass, it's going to be quite weighty.

Just like AirPods Max. I don't find them too heavy but I'm certainly aware of them.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
matrix07 Avatar
15 months ago

That scene with the dad taking a video is creepy. Way more creepy than Google Glass ever was… Just use your phone
It is 3D video while Glass was only 2D. iPhone doesn’t shoot 3D video.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dz5b609 Avatar
15 months ago

Vision Pro weights 453g.
That's just a guess by one of the people who got to try one (his guess was 1 pound which is 453 grams). Apple hasn't communicated anything about the weight.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)