Apple’s mixed reality headset Vision Pro was introduced at WWDC in June 2023. Initially, the company announced its availability in the US in early 2024, with plans for a later expansion to other countries. However, a recent report suggests a potential delay in Apple’s original plan to launch the Vision Pro in January 2024, pushing the release for consumers to March of the same year. The spatial computer from Apple was unveiled earlier this year at a price of $3,499.
As per Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple traditionally hosts its spring event in March, and it is anticipated that the company will use this occasion to showcase the headset and offer a glimpse of additional applications.
Apple Vision Pro reportedly has such a complex design that Apple has been forced to make drastic cuts to its production forecasts because of difficulties with manufacturing, MacRumors reported. According to the report, the Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to make fewer than 400,000 units in 2024, and the headset will initially only launch in the US, only coming to more markets including Canada and the UK towards the end of next year.
The report revealed that select Apple retail staff in the United States have been dispatched to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters for Vision Pro training. These trained employees will then be tasked with instructing their colleagues at their respective stores.
Upon the launch of the Vision Pro, flagship stores are set to feature exclusive hands-on areas for the Vision Pro, while other stores will have one or two units available for customers to experience, the report said.
According to MacRumors, Apple last week seeded to developers a sixth beta of visionOS, the software designed to run the headset, and it includes new onboarding videos shown to the user during the setup process, indicating that development work on the headset is nearing completion.