Apple is working on a more affordable version of its mixed-reality headset, the Vision Pro, according to Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter. The initial version of the Vision Pro is set to launch early next year at a price of $3,500, but Apple is reportedly aiming to release a cheaper model for around $1,500 to $2,500.
To reduce the price, Apple is planning to use lower-resolution displays and a chip designed for the iPhone, rather than the Mac. The company may also remove EyeSight, the Vision Pro’s external display that shows the wearer’s eyes, as well as reduce the number of cameras and sensors on the device.
Apple is also continuing work on a second-generation of the fully fledged Vision Pro headset, which is expected to feature a slightly smaller and lighter design, as well as integrated prescription lenses.
Overall, Apple’s plans to release a cheaper mixed-reality headset are good news for consumers. Mixed-reality headsets have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology, but they are still very expensive. A more affordable headset would make the technology more accessible to a wider range of people.