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Report: Apple halts work on Vision Pro, aims to release cheaper Vision headset next year - 9to5Mac

๐ŸŒˆ Abstract

The article discusses Apple's plans to develop a cheaper version of the Apple Vision Pro headset, while shelving the development of a second-generation high-end model. It also mentions the international expansion of the Apple Vision Pro and upcoming software features.

๐Ÿ™‹ Q&A

[01] Apple's Plans for Cheaper Vision Pro Headset

1. What are Apple's plans for a cheaper version of the Apple Vision Pro headset?

  • Apple is reportedly working on a cheaper, cut-down version of the Apple Vision Pro, scheduled to arrive by the end of 2025.
  • The cheaper Apple Vision headset is expected to be priced around $1500, similar to the cost of a high-end iPhone, in order to compete with the likes of the Meta Quest.
  • Apple originally intended for the Vision lineup to comprise multiple models, with a second-generation Vision Pro sitting alongside the cheaper Vision device. However, the company has now shelved the development of the second-gen high-end model to prioritize the cheaper hardware path.

2. What are the engineering challenges Apple is facing with the cheaper Vision Pro headset?

  • Apple is apparently struggling to find ways to cut the price of the device without sacrificing too much of the experience.
  • The company also wants to make the headset lighter, as weight has been one of the biggest criticisms of the Vision Pro hardware.

[02] Apple's Vision Pro Expansion and Software Updates

1. What is the status of the Apple Vision Pro's international expansion?

  • Apple has announced the first international expansion for Apple Vision Pro availability to eight new countries.

2. What new platform software features are coming in visionOS 2?

  • Apple has previewed new platform software features coming in visionOS 2, the operating system for the Vision Pro.
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