Apart from the premium Vision Pro that is slated to be launched in 2024, Apple is also rumored to be developing a cheaper version of its extended/mixed reality headset. Now, a report has shed more light on the possible price and release schedule of the rumored head-mounted display wearable.
According to the information shared by Taiwanese outlet DigiTimes, Apple is currently working on four spatial headsets that include the 2nd gen Vision Pro and a more affordable model. Apart from the existence of the other two headsets, nothing else is known about these models.
As for the standard or cheaper version of the Vision headset, the source stated that there is already a supplier BOM or bill of materials for the device. It is tipped that the materials used for the headset cost half that of the Vision Pro. In other words, there's a pretty high chance the actual price of the device could cost north of $1,700, which is around half the amount of the premium headset that retails for a whopping $3,500.
The launch timing of the non-pro Vision headset might also help lower the final sticker price in due time. This is expected since the cost of components tends to decrease over time.
Of course, the price reduction would likely result in Apple ditching some high-end features in the low-cost headset. We will most likely see a less capable chipset and tracking technologies powering the device and also a different type of display, among other cost-cutting measures.
The publication added that Apple plans to begin production of the unannounced Vision headset by the end of 2024. Meanwhile, it is only in the second half of 2025 that it sees the device will finally be official.
How much are you willing to pay for this low-cost Apple Vision mixed-reality wearable? Would it be logical for Apple to offer a sub-$1,000 headset? We'd like to hear your thoughts in the comments.