Should Apple decide to introduce a more affordable version of the Vision Pro headset, it is likely to come as a simplified model, featuring fewer external cameras, excluding the EyeSight function, and employing an iPhone chip instead of the current Mac chip. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who shared this information in his Power On newsletter, these adjustments are being explored with the aim of reducing the cost to a range between $1,500 and $2,500 for the lower-tier model. Presently, the Apple Vision Pro, slated for shipping in early 2024, commences at a relatively high price point of $3,500.
Gurman previously reported that the less expensive Vision Pro would incorporate lower-resolution displays within the headset. The recent indication suggests that it might also omit the external display responsible for the distinctive EyeSight feature, according to Gurman. EyeSight projects the wearer’s eye movements onto an outward-facing OLED screen, allowing onlookers to discern the wearer’s point of focus. While a notable feature in Apple’s Vision Pro announcement, it may not be considered absolutely essential.
Additionally, Gurman notes that there is an ongoing effort to develop a successor to the premium Vision Pro. This forthcoming model is anticipated to retain the EyeSight feature and potentially adopt a more lightweight design, including the integration of prescription lenses for those who require them, thus replacing the current Zeiss inserts.