All The Apple Vision Pro Accessories You Can Buy Right Now
Talking about Apple Vision Pro accessories might feel a bit premature considering only about 200,000 have been sold at the time of writing. We haven’t even been able to assess long-term the usability of Apple’s VR headset yet.
But still, accessories are important, especially for Vision Pro. If you want to keep the device secure then you’ll want a case, or if it is uncomfortable to wear you might want a different set of headbands.
Some of these Vision Pro accessories Apple offers officially and others you’ll have to look further afield to third-party providers. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the Vision Pro accessories you need to know about right here!
Official Apple Vision Pro Accessories
Apple has a surprisingly small list of official Vision Pro accessories on release. For something so expensive, you’d expect more options but we can give them a pass seeing as it is the first generation.
You won’t find additional band options, stands or cleaning cloths. But you can choose to purchase one of these:
Apple Vision Pro Travel Case
Unlike the rubbish AirPods Max case, the Vision Pro case is thankfully a hard shell casing. It is made from a ripstop fabric coating and a polycarbonate protective structure.
The interior has a microfiber lining which is a nice soft environment for the external Persona display to sit it. Included inside are also special pouches for the battery, ZEISS Optical Inserts, display cover and other accessories you may want to put in.
There is also a nifty retractable handle which is a nice bit of Apple design quality that shows they actually out some thought into the case design.
The only sticking point is the $199 price tag. Why is it this expensive? I honestly don’t know. Probably because Apple knows the people buying headsets will be able to pay up.
It’s a bit of a stingy move from Apple. This is a device you most certainly want a case for. And if you’re investing that much, surely Apple can throw in a case of sorts for free?
Maybe I’m being too critical. You also get a bag to put all the wires in too. So that’s nice.
ZEISS Optical Inserts
One thing I completely overlooked when thinking about Vision Pro when it was first released in 2023 was people who had vision impairments.
It’s a good job Apple did though as the Vision Pro releases with fully customisable ZEISS Optical Inserts.
These are separate lenses that attach magnetically to the headset’s interior and are designed to maintain the light seal. They come in two variations: prescription and readers. The prescription inserts are custom-made to match your exact prescription.
The readers’ option provides three common strengths for those who require reading glasses.
We haven’t been able to test them but all accounts are positive. With prices starting at $99 for readers and $149 for prescription lenses, the ZEISS Optical Inserts are thankfully not ridiculously overpriced.
Additional Batteries and Battery Holders
Belkin Battery Holder
One of the biggest controversies about the Vision Pro has been its battery configuration. Instead of opting to attach the battery pack to the back of the head strap like the Quest Pro, Apple chose to go with a loose battery connected with a wire.
This means the battery dangles freely, and must be secured separately by the user, most commonly in people’s pockets.
If you want a way to use Vision Pro whilst securing your battery and not occupying your pockets, then the Belkin Battery Holder offers a competent solution.
With the Belkin, you can either clip the battery to a belt or piece of clothing or wear a cross-body strap to attach it to your torso. Either option is better than your pocket. An even better move would be for Apple to give users the option of attaching the battery to the back of the Vision Pro strap.
Additional Battery Pack
The included battery pack provides up to 2 hours of general use and 2.5 hours of playback time.
This is fairly standard for VR headsets as they stand now, but a larger capacity would be nice.
You can buy an additional battery pack from the Apple Store, but it will set you back $199. It’s worth considering if this is worth it for you. If you mainly use your Vision Pro at home then it is likely you can get by with using it whilst plugged into the mains.
But if you plan on travelling a lot with Vision Pro, an extra battery would be a sensible purchase.
Third-Party Vision Pro Accessories
As you can see, there aren’t many official Vision Pro accessories. Thankfully, the third-party market has taken up some of the slack.
Spigen Klasden Pouch
Spigen, a well-known brand in the world of phone accessories, has ventured into Vision Pro territory with its Klasden Pouch.
Whilst slightly larger than Apple’s official carry case, it includes dedicated pockets for all the Vision Pro peripherals and a special internal cushion to protect the external display. It also means you don’t need a separate sack for the cables.
Oh, and there’s a special AirTag pocket. All in all, it’s a better case and it costs $119, $80 less than Apple’s.
BandWerk, known for its Apple Watch bands and accessories, has also updated its line to account for Vision Pro.
The BandWerk head straps for Vision Pro are made from Italian leather and do offer some stylish options. Although they are heavier, if you fancy a splash of colour on your headset, then these are your only options at the moment.
They aren’t cheap at $160 but the quality is premium, enough to clear the high bar set by Apple.
Speck is also intending to bring out accessories for Vision Pro. While details on pricing and availability are yet to be announced, their lineup of accessories includes a carrying case, a battery case, and a protective shell or film.
You can sign up for email updates on their website.
Of course, there is also a plethora of Vision Pro accessories on Amazon.
For budget-friendly options, countless no-name brands and manufacturers offer protective coverings, battery cases, and other accessories to enhance your AR experience.
The Goseth Protective Case provides a hard plastic outer shell for the Vision Pro Persona display for $25.
For an even cheaper option, TechCo’s Ultra Protective Case is a silicon shield available for $16. There are also loads of hard travel cases on offer, but just be sure to check they offer complete protection for the headset, including a soft inner material for the external display.
In addition to dedicated Vision Pro accessories, there are also a range of Apple peripheral devices that can be used with Vision Pro.
Look, Vision Pro’s virtual keyboard is cool but pretty much entirely non-functional. If you want to type whilst using the headset, you’ll need to connect an external keyboard.
Most other Bluetooth keyboards should also work with Vision Pro so don’t feel like you need to restrict yourself to an Appl-only setup.
Annoyingly, Vision Pro doesn’t work with BlueTooth mice. In order to use a mouse-like device, you’ll either need to connect Vision Pro to a MacBook or use Apple’s Magic Trackpad.
It costs $129, a painfully high amount just for a mouse to use with Vision Pro. If Apple is serious about ‘Spatial Computing’, opening up compatibility to other peripherals is a must.
The Vision Pro includes spatial audio capabilities. By that, Apple means there are speakers that fire audio into the spaces around your ears. It’s pretty good for what it is, but it isn’t as immersive as a pair of headphones.
The AirPods Pro are the most logical option as they offer seamless connection with Vision Pro and their higher tier audio quality.
Sony DualSense Controller
For once, Apple hasn’t slept on the gaming market.
The largest VR consumer base is gamers and Vision Pro is in prime position to access that market with it’s high powered R1 processor chip and leading resolution. As such, the Sony DualSense controller can indeed be used with Vision Pro by connecting through the PS Remote app.
What’s more, you can also play games through the Apple Arcade. Although it has a crippled library, it is slowly growing and Vision Pro should open up much more compatibility with Vision OS.
Don’t want to lose your very expensive shiny new Vision Pro? Then stick an AirTag in the case somewhere.
For $29, you can greatly increase the chance of at least knowing where your headset has got to. A small investment for peace of mind. Or, if you want a non-Apple device, there are plenty of other tracking tag options.
On release, Vision Pro has limited accessory options. This is partly because it is a novel bit of tech, but also a product of Apple’s secrecy. Only a few manufacturers have been able to prepare for the release by getting hands-on.
As we move forward, more accessories will become available, hopefully that means better ways to hide away the battery. If I could buy one accessory, it would be the battery holder, closely followed by the travel case from Spigen.
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