Apple Vision Pro teardown reveals design and repair challenges

iFixit has shared an in-depth teardown and video examination of the Apple Vision Pro, unveiling insights into its intricate design and addressing questions about weight and potential costly replacements.

Weight Balance

Exploring the teardown, iFixit highlighted key factors contributing to the device’s weight. The glued glass panel, with a protective film, holds a potential $799 replacement cost.

The battery pack, composed of three iPhone-sized batteries, contributes to the bulk of the weight, exceeding a kilogram. The report emphasizes the front-heavy design, placing weight predominantly on the face.

iFixit speculates on a patented rear-mounted battery pack design, with concerns arising about the additional weight. The Vision Pro’s weight surpasses competitors like the Quest Pro and Quest 3, posing potential discomfort during extended use.

Headbands and Speaker Modules

Discussing headbands, iFixit details the 3D-knitted Solo Knit Band and Dual Loop Band. The Solo Knit Band, seen in promotional shots, offers comfort and adjustability.

The speakers, attached to rigid bands, are easily removable with a SIM-card removal tool, reflecting a modular design similar to AirPods Max.

Magnetic Seals and Face Cushions

Examining the light seals and face cushions, iFixit notes Apple’s provision of 28 different light-seal parts for varying face sizes and shapes.

Magnetically attached seals enhance modularity, allowing for a customized fit. The report underscores Apple’s commitment to hand-packing every Vision Pro order, considering the absence of a “standard” setup.

EyeSight Display

iFixit delves into the controversial EyeSight display, describing its three modes: “internal focus,” “external engagement,” and “do not disturb.” Despite Apple’s ambitious goal of creating a 3D-looking face, reviewers express dissatisfaction with the dim and low-resolution display.

The report unravels the complex layers of the front-facing display, highlighting the compromises made to achieve Apple’s vision. The Vision Pro features ovoid lens inserts, accommodating automatic interpupillary distance adjustment.

Apple offers prescription lenses for users with eye conditions, though limitations exist for individuals with astigmatism. The headset runs on the M2 Mac chip, complemented by the R1 chip for processing input from various sensors, ensuring minimal latency in augmented reality experiences.


While acknowledging the Vision Pro’s ambitious integration of cutting-edge technology, iFixit expresses disappointment in its repairability. Despite some user-friendly features, the overall repairability score is not impressive.

iFixit questions Apple’s decision regarding the EyeSight screen, citing its drawbacks in terms of brightness, resolution, and added weight.

iFixit concludes by expressing ongoing interest in exploring the device further. Future analyses will delve into internal displays, sensor arrays, and ultimately, a repairability score for the Vision Pro.

Apple’s Vision Pro is available in the US, following the initial announcement last year.