How To Try Apple Vision Pro Today

Wanted to try the Vision Pro but don't want to spend $3,500 for the privilege? Here's how you can try the Vision Pro today, right now on your Mac. Posted by erwinkarim on 9:32 PM, June 23, 2023 Last updated on 6:01 PM, June 28, 2023 Filed in: apple, vision pro, visionos, simulator, xcode, apple developer,

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Apple announced the [Vision Pro] for [WWDC 2023] with an eye-watering price tag of $3,500. The price is a very high barrier of entry to many, but rest assured, you do have alternatives if you just want to try out the new visionOS but do not want to spend the dough.

The trick is basically to run visionOS (the operating system that runs the Vision Pro) in the Simulator and test out visionOS to your heart’s content.

The Steps

To get the simulator running, you do need a Mac, there’s no two ways about it. Apple created the simulator for Apple developers and platform so you do need a Mac. Luckily, the barrier of entry is quite low and you can get a Mac Mini M2 (which is pretty good as a computer by the way) as low as $599. You can get a used M1 Mac Mini for as low as $400 if you are feeling cheapskate.


To run the visionOS simulator, we recommend to use Apple Silicon Mac like the M2 Mac Mini pictured here.

We would recommend getting Apple Silicon Macs since we don’t guarantee that the visionOS simulator would work in Intel-based Macs.


As of writing, Xcode 15 Beta 2 is where you can download the simulator for Vision Pro.

The next step is the get Xcode 15. Xcode is Apple’s developer tool to help you build apps for Apple devices. As of writing, Xcode 15 is in beta and the earliest version with the visionOS simulator is Xcode 15 Beta 2. Download them and install them on your Mac. don’t forget to select visionOS as one of your targets.


The Home Screen in Simulator

Now you have installed Xcode 15 Beta 2 on your Mac, launch the Simulator app. If you haven’t run anything before, you’ll be given a menu to choose what device you want to simulate. In Files -> Open Simulator … you should have a menu to create visionOS -> Vision Pro. It would launch the visionOS simulator.

If this doesn’t happen, you will need to create a new project and ensure your target is the visionOS. When creating a new visionOS project, it will create a basic app where there is a window and the ability to add 3D objects. But it will launch the visionOS simulator.


When first launching Xcode, you will come to this window. Select 'Create New Project ...' to begin

When choosing template, choose template for visionOS and follow the next steps.

It will bring you to a blank project. Simulator will also run the visionOS environment which you can take a spin on visionOS.

After installing Xcode 15 Beta 2, you can launch the Simulator App and create a new instance of Apple Vision Pro

Screens for immersion environemtns. Unfortunately, you can invoke them in the simulator.

You can pan the camera to see the 3D effects of your creation.

Limitations

Now you have visionOS running on your Mac, you can play around and see what visionOS is capable of. But do note that this is a simulator, not the final product. It meant for developers to test their app and ensure it would work. The final product, the Vision Pro, will be different, but the simulator will come close to the experience of using one.

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