Apple supplier already working on cheaper second-generation AR headset, claims report
Apple supplier Foxconn is already developing a second-generation version of Apple’s yet-to-be-announced mixed-reality headset, according to report from Nikkei Asia on Thursday, which claims that the second-gen version of the wearable will be cheaper than the first, which is expected to be unveiled as soon as June this year.
According to the report that cites a source with knowledge of the development, Foxconn, the longtime iPhone assembler will work on parallel development of a cheaper second-generation AR device for Apple, with the device expected to be cheaper than the first-generation, which the report claims will be “extremely expensive.”
Reports have previously claimed that Apple’s first AR/VR headset will cost between $3000 to $5000, with the model expected to be called “Apple Reality Pro.”
It is widely believed that after the introduction of the “Apple Reality Pro” device, Apple will launch a new series with a more affordable price tag.
In 2021 we saw The Information publish a sketch of the upcoming headset, claiming to have seen secret internal imagery from an unnamed source “with direct knowledge” of the development, reporting that the device will offer a “sleek, curved visor attached to the face by a mesh material and swappable headbands.”
Concept creator Ian Zelbo has released visuals showing what Apple’s new headset will probably look like based on earlier leaked information, featuring an Apple Watch-style adjustable headband and AirPods Max reminiscent mesh cushion for comfort around the wearer’s eyes.
Image: Ian Zelbo