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First teardown reveals the complex insides of the Apple Vision Pro

Disassembly of Apple Vision Pro [iFixit]

The first analysis of the Apple Vision Pro was implemented, with a mixed reality headset It turned out to be a very complex and difficult to disassemble device.

Tearing down the latest Apple hardware is a typical event in the startup cycle, and it makes no difference for the Apple Vision Pro. Apple's head-mounted mixed reality hardware was systematically disassembled, providing a good look at the inside of the company's spatial computing platform.

The usual video and article from repair company iFixit is not a complete review of the Apple Vision Pro, but it appears to be ongoing. While there is no “repairability” rating at this time, it is clear that the headset is quite a sophisticated piece of hardware.

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The teardown of “Apple's most complex hardware” “so far” began with removing the front glass using heat and was removed with minimal damage. The speaker feet were removed using a SIM removal tool, and while the use of modular parts complete with connectors at the end is welcome, the speaker units themselves broke easily.

Apple's use of a proprietary cable to connect the battery makes sense for the company because it is not easy to pull out. However, the plug on the other end would be “unforgivably” ending in a non-standard oversized Lightning connector.

After removing the Light Seal and its magnetic seals, a permanent seal was discovered wrapped in knitted fabric, followed by a thin, elastic sheet of plastic.

EyeSight problems

Tearing it down appears to have solved the problems with the low resolution and dim images it displays, as shown in some reviews. Instead of displaying a single pair of eyes, the EyeSight display actually shows multiple videos using dilated and lenticular layers along with OLED.

This technique was used so that different videos could be shown from different angles, creating a stereoscopic 3D effect for observers.

Other elements examined during dismantling include an automatic interpupillary distance adjustment system, a multi-layered arrangement of displays and equipment, and a wide array of sensors.

Praising the Vision Pro as “insanely ambitious” with some drawbacks such as weight and a tethered battery, the repair team doesn't give an actual “repairability” rating but admits that “it's not very good, but then again , some of the connections are quite delightful.” The teardown team was apparently excited about the reported use of the SIM card removal tool on the side arms.

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