With a price tag of $3,499 (and that’s not including lenses you might need), you want to get the most out of your investment in the Apple Vision Pro. One way to do this is to share the same device with multiple users, and to facilitate this, it would be ideal if visionOS, the software that manages the headset, supports multiple user accounts so that the whole family or household can use one device.
While demonstrating the Apple Vision Pro, Apple told me that it was… in a way. At the moment, visionOS supports two user accounts: the main and guest account. Apple could change this policy before the actual release next year if its beta research shows them it’s a requested feature. (Given Apple’s persistence in building multi-user iPads, it seems like Apple is unlikely to change its mind.)
Primary user settings such as EyeSight are stored on the device. In a guest account, the user will have to complete the EyeSight setup each time the guest account is used. Setting up EyeSight takes a couple of minutes; a series of dots appear on the screen, and the user must focus on each of them.
Regardless of how visonOS handles multiple users, headset lenses will need to be handled individually for each user. The lenses are attached with magnets and can be easily replaced. So, for example, if the main user wears glasses and has lenses for Apple Vision Pro, they will have to remove them for a guest who does not need glasses. If a guest needs lenses, they must have their own lenses attached to the headset.
Apple hasn’t revealed pricing for the lenses. During the demonstration, an Apple representative took my glasses and measured the prescription. When the headset is available for order, customers will need to provide Apple with a prescription from their optometrist.
Read our Apple Vision Pro guide to learn more about the mixed reality headset. And be sure to check out other announcements from WWDC23.