Glass Shatters, But Functionality Persists: Vision Pro's Resilience Unveiled in Extreme Drop Test

Today marks the debut of Apple's Vision Pro headset, inviting immediate scrutiny through drop tests by AppleTrack geeks. Hand-on tutorials suggest the headset's glass resilience surpasses initial concerns.

In routine scenarios, like accidental collisions with walls while navigating your living space in the headset, the front glass endures surface scrapes without succumbing to severe damage.

"I've noticed that if you grab [the New Vision Pro], it just kind of falls off, and for something that is this top-heavy, I have already made the mistake. You really have to grab it by the band. So, the first thing to know is, don't grab it by the light seal.", highlighted the Sam Kohl in the video.

Remarkably, the audio pods cease function before the glass yields. While a fall from head height may lead to front glass shattering, the headset remains predominantly operational.

Apple's Vision Pro headset undergoes drop tests by AppleTrack enthusiasts, proving glass resilience amidst accidental collisions.
Photo: AppleTrack / YT

In simulating everyday mishaps, Kohl deliberately collided the Vision Pro with room walls. It withstood standard force levels, with the likelihood of personal injury surpassing that of glass fractures.

Despite an unscathed camera, glass, and lenses, the right-side speaker fell silent. An internal break along the band disrupted the connection, rendering the audio pod powerless.

The headset, however, demonstrated resilience, absorbing impacts from successive drops onto carpeted surfaces. Subsequent falls revealed increased speaker damage and vulnerability in the bands. The light seal frequently detached, owing to a weak magnetic connection.

In an extreme scenario, an eighth descent from considerable heights resulted in Vision Pro glass shattering. Strikingly, the shattered glass could be peeled away, and the primary functionality of the headset persisted. Both the internal and external EyeSight screens illuminated and operated normally, defying the absence of an intact front glass cover.

Interestingly, the EyeSight display appeared marginally brighter without the cover glass.

Kohl concluded that: "I've dropped it a couple of times, and for me, a couple of takeaways stand out. Firstly, the light seal should be a bit stronger, as it tends to pop off easily, having done so in literally every drop. If you pick it up like the Vision Pro, it's falling second. If bumped into stuff, I think your head is going to hurt more than the glass. I don't see a realistic scenario where running into an object with this would cause it to shatter. Even if it does, you're not going to cut yourself.", adding further, he explained that, "I'm most shocked that the speaker grills and one of the speakers fried before any other part, meaning it's built very well overall. The front giant piece of glass isn't the weakest point, contrary to what you might think. I'm generally shocked at how strong this is. The fact that it took 10 to 12 ft before breaking the Vision Pro is amazing. I'm still blown away that, for $3500, the build quality in this is actually really good."

The complete video documentation of this experiment is accessible on YouTube.

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