YouTuber Sam Kohl subjected the Apple Vision Pro headset to a series of destructive tests on his AppleTrack channel, pushing the device to its limits to see how much punishment it could withstand.
Kohl’s tests included walking into walls and bumping the headset on doors. After about 20 impacts, the headset showed only minor scuffs, impressing Kohl with its durability. However, after several drops, the right speaker stopped working. An “extreme” drop test, the eighth drop in total, finally caused the front glass to crack. Notably, the Vision Pro’s multiple layers of glass prevented the crack from spreading, and the device continued to function even without the front glass panel.
Kohl also discovered that the magnetic connection between the light seal and the headset is not particularly strong, posing a risk of the headset detaching and falling if lifted by the golden seal alone. Additionally, the Vision Pro only provides proximity warnings in virtual reality (VR) mode, not in passthrough augmented reality (AR) mode, highlighting the need for caution when using AR.
Meanwhile, repair experts at iFixit conducted a teardown of the Vision Pro to assess its repairability. They found the front glass panel challenging to remove, requiring significant heat and time. The interior of the headset was densely packed with components held in place by numerous screws, tape, and brackets, making repairs complex and intricate.
However, iFixit praised the Vision Pro for its easy-to-remove battery and speakers, which can be detached using a SIM card removal tool. However, using a proprietary jumbo Lightning connector instead of USB-C drew criticism.
While iFixit has yet to assign a repairability score to the Vision Pro, their preliminary assessment suggests that repairs may be challenging. Nevertheless, the headset’s impressive durability, as demonstrated by Kohl’s tests, may reduce the likelihood of necessary repairs.