Apple Vision Pro Battery Supports Up to 2.5 Hours of 2D Video Playback

Under cover of its Vision Pro headset launch date announcement, Apple has revealed that the external battery supports up to 2.5 hours of 2D video playback, half an hour more than it offers in "general use" on a single charge.

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Apple quietly updated its product page for the device with the extra detail, qualifying its claim of 2.5 hours of "video playback" based on tests "in conjunction with an Environment, using 2D movie content purchased from the Apple TV app." Environments let users transform the space around them, and Cinema Environments can turn a room into a personal movie theater.

The company defines "general use" as performing tasks that include video playback, internet browsing, spatial video capture, and FaceTime.

This is the first time Apple has said anything about the Vision Pro's external battery pack being optimized to run for longer when watching 2D video content, with Apple previously saying only that the battery lasted two hours on a single charge. Apple also previously said the Vision Pro could be used indefinitely if the battery was itself plugged into an external power source, but that text has been removed from the Vision Pro product page.

Apple says Vision Pro users will be able to watch movies and TV shows from Apple TV+, Disney+, Max, and other services on a screen that feels 100 feet wide with support for HDR content. Elsewhere, within the Apple TV app, users will be able to access more than 150 3D titles.

Pre-orders of the Vision Pro start on Friday, January 19 and the device goes on sale in the United States on Friday, February 2.

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Top Rated Comments

Jankie Avatar
24 weeks ago
Fortunately, most will only need 8 minutes of charge ?
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
24 weeks ago
Battery capacity not enough? Get the Vision Pro Mag Safe compatible extended battery:

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Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sunny5 Avatar
24 weeks ago
lol. 2.5 hrs of battery only on video playback? In reality, that would be really short to use.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coffeemilktea Avatar
24 weeks ago
I hope there's a way to charge it while watching, or I'll never be able to finish enough cat video compilations on YouTube to be happy. ?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
24 weeks ago
My first Powerbook G4 (priced at about this same level after configuration preferences- much higher adjusted for inflation) had a 2-hour battery pack. Knowing I might want to use it for longer than 2 hours in a stretch, I did the craziest thing: I bought 2 more battery packs. It solved all power problems using that Apple product for life of device.

Give this up to 20 years of evolution and it may eventually have no external battery pack and run for 18 hours. I'm glad Apple didn't give up on laptops when that old G4 could only run for 2 hours. It would be a sad world in 2024 without MacBooks.

"Think different"
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zachari Avatar
24 weeks ago
There goes my dream of watching extended LOTR on Apple Vision
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)