Cable connection on the Apple Vision Pro battery: Looks like Lightning, but it's not

Starting tomorrow, the Apple Vision Pro can be purchased and used in the USA. The spatial computer is also expected to come onto the market in other countries in 2024. That's why it's an advantage to get to know the device a little - at least as part of an Apple blog. Next to the first test and experience reports on the Vision Pro There are also a few smaller topics and tidbits worth knowing. These include, for example: B. Information about the Apple Vision Pro battery and its connections. Here you can find all the details.

A schematic for the Apple Vision Pro battery - 1: Output port for removing the cable / 2: Cable connector for connecting to the headset / 3: Status LED, active when charging / 4: USB-C port for charging and mains operation.
A schematic for the Apple Vision Pro battery - 1: Output port for removing the cable / 2: Cable connector for connecting to the headset / 3: Status LED, active when charging / 4: USB-C port for charging and mains operation.

Apple Vision Pro battery charging: 30W charger with USB-C port

If you want to charge the battery of the Apple headset or use the device in mains operation, you can connect the included charger. The so-called power adapter offers an output of 30 watts and is powered by USB-C cable connected to the battery pack. Due to the proprietary connection on the headset, a direct connection between the power supply and Vision Pro is not possible.

The Vision Pro battery pack with proprietary cable for connection to the headset (left) and the 30 W USB-C power adapter for US sockets (right).
The Vision Pro battery pack with proprietary cable for connection to the headset (left) and the 30 W USB-C power adapter for US sockets (right).

Power transmission: The cable can be removed, but the battery pack cannot be replaced

If you take a closer look at the connection of the cable that leads from the battery to the headset port, you will notice that the connection can be separated. While it is said here and there that the cable is permanently installed, such claims have to be attributed to insufficient research. Next to the cable connection, which is clearly recognizable as modular, there is a small hole that is familiar from SIM card trays or CD drives in PCs (see “1” in the diagram above).

If you now take a SIM needle, a paper clip or a similar tool and press it into this opening, the cable will be detached from the Vision Pro battery pack. A connection appears that at first glance looks like a Lightning plug. However, a conventional Lightning connector only has eight pins, i.e. eight shimmering golden connections, on each side of the connector. However, the connection cable connection to the Vision Pro battery has twelve pins. So a new proprietary connector is used that cannot be replaced with old connectors (sources: 1, 2).

If you press a SIM needle or a paper clip into the output opening next to the cable connection, the cable will be removed. A connector with 12 pins appears. A regular Lightning connector has 8 pins. Source: Ray Wong / Twitter
If you press a SIM needle or a paper clip into the output opening next to the cable connection, the cable will be removed. A connector with 12 pins appears. A regular Lightning connector has 8 pins. Source: Ray Wong / Twitter

Exchange in the Apple Store, but no possibility for workarounds

The fact that you can detach the connection cable, which offers unique connections on both sides that are not used anywhere else, from both the headset and the battery pack offers an advantage. And this means that the headset, cable and battery can be repaired or replaced independently of each other in the Apple Store. However, the unusual connections also mean that you have to use Apple's own hardware to operate the Vision Pro. It is not possible to connect the headset to a USB-C cable or to connect the original cable directly to a charger.

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