Apple Now Selling $300 Developer Strap for Vision Pro

Through its Developer website, Apple is offering a $300 "Developer Strap" for the Vision Pro, which provides a USB-C connection between the headset and a Mac.

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Apple says that the Developer Strap is helpful for "accelerating the development of graphics-intensive apps and games." It is designed to provide the same audio experience as the standard Right Audio Strap, so it can be used for both development and testing.

As noted by Daring Fireball's John Gruber, the Developer Strap is only available to developers who are logged in to a paid U.S. Apple Developer account.

Earlier today, we shared images of the Developer Strap in Apple's documentation. Apple will use the accessory for diagnostics in Apple retail locations.

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Top Rated Comments

Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
4 weeks ago
We have reached peak dongle
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
4 weeks ago
Probably brought to you by the same team that made the $699 Mac Pro wheels.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
4 weeks ago

Should be cheaper
How much cheaper? What does this cost Apple to design, have manufactured, and to support?

It's a specialized tool with a most likely small demand (not just because of the cost), which means Apple has little incentive to charge less for it: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-vision-pros-developer-strap-and-diagnostics-mode-revealed-in-more-detail.2418210/

It's unlikely most developers would need it. The higher price also potentially puts up a barrier to people who might be tempted to buy it without understanding what it's for.

An edit for people thinking I'm supporting the price. I'm not. All I'm doing is offering one potential explanation out of many for why it might be priced the way it is. Besides, what if Apple was losing money on it at this price (Apple isn't)? Would it still be priced too high? Those are just hypothetical questions for people spouting off knee-jerk reactions that it’s priced too high without taking time to reflect.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
grantishere Avatar
4 weeks ago
Should be cheaper, especially since Apple is ****ing EU devs
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ant862 Avatar
4 weeks ago
The people doing mental gymnastics to defend Apple at every turn is pretty weird. They’re greedy. It’s as simple as that. Apple only cares about money, and they will nickel-and-dime you to death if you let them. They could be still wildly successful and popular with lower prices. They have decided that they want ALL the money instead of just some of it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thewiccaman Avatar
4 weeks ago
You can buy the new Metaquest for this price almost!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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