Apple to Launch Affordable Vision Pro Model without EyeSight and M-Series Chip

This year, Apple introduced its AR/VR headset named Vision Pro. The ‘Pro’ in the name indicates there might be a standard version as well. Both The Information and Bloomberg have suggested the same.

Based on reports from Mark Gurman, Apple is currently developing a more affordable Vision Pro with a price range between $1,500 and $2,500. Due to cost-saving measures, it’s rumored that this version of Vision Pro may not include EyeSight and the M-Series Chip.

Rumors suggest that this budget-friendly Vision Pro might not have a brighter display, offering merely satisfactory resolution. It may also lack some advanced sensors, meaning it will have limited sensor capabilities. Additionally, Apple is working on a second-generation Vision Pro headset. One variant will be more affordable, while another will retain all the features of the current model but will be more compact and lightweight.

Bloomberg previously reported that Apple is developing an affordable Vision Pro set to launch early next year with a price tag of $3,500. This places it beyond the budget of many Apple enthusiasts.

In the latest edition of his “Power On” newsletter, Gurman explains that Apple had planned to introduce its more affordable mixed-reality headset even before the official announcement of the Vision Pro. The company is now prioritizing resources for this lower-end device. There’s been a notable shift, with staff being redirected from the development of standalone AR glasses to focus on the more affordable headset. Apple is reportedly considering a price range of $1,500 to $2,500 for this device.

Based on research from Apple Police, it’s suggested that Apple might utilize its iPhone A series chipset as an alternative to the M-Series Chip to adjust the Vision Pro’s price point. The Vision Pro boasts two displays, with each containing approximately 23 million pixels. Apple might also eliminate the “EyeSight” feature and include fewer sensors and cameras to manage costs.

The anticipated price for the more affordable Vision Pro is rumored to be between $1,500 and $2,500. While this is by no means a low price, it’s certainly more budget-friendly compared to the $3,500 Vision Pro slated for release early next year.

Gurman further shared that Apple aims to reduce costs by incorporating a lower-resolution display and potentially using an alternative chipset to the M-series, such as the iPhone’s or Mac’s. This would involve compromising some existing features and sensors before launching the more affordable version. The company is also considering reducing the number of cameras and sensors on the device.

Additionally, Gurman reaffirmed details from his report last week. Apple remains focused on the second generation of the Vision Pro headset, which will likely feature a more compact and lightweight design for enhanced comfort. Apple is also looking into the possibility of incorporating prescription lenses directly into the device, streamlining its design.

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