Apple builds pavilion for AR/VR headset demos

The launch plan for the device sounds quite familiar.

Apple reportedly built a special structure on its Cupertino spaceship campus to demo its AR/VR headset.

The pavilion will be used after Monday’s WWDC keynote — which will offer the first look at the long-rumored device — for hands-on demos. More importantly, it sounds like Apple plans to continue giving demonstrations of the new product all summer long.

This suggests that Apple is replicating the launch strategy of the original iPhone, which was announced at Macworld six months before it went on sale. The delayed launch built colossal hype for the iPhone, guaranteeing massive lines at Apple stores when the device finally became available to buy.

It looks like Apple is doing something similar to build excitement for the Apple-verse. And while it sounds like Cupertino has a solid plan to lure more developers, media and other influencers into the fold, the company faces a bit of a tough sell.

We’ll soon see if Apple’s genius-level marketing can convince people to spend $3,000 on a fancy computer that straps onto your head.

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