Cheaper Apple Vision Pro Variant Will Still Be Nothing Close to Cheap

Aiman Maulana
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The Apple Vision Pro headset comes with an eye-watering price tag, but it seems the tech giant is working on a more budget-friendly version. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg previously hinted at this, and now, in his Power On newsletter, he’s provided more insights into what this more affordable headset might entail.

Expect to Still Pay a Premium for the More Affordable Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro

The cheaper Apple Vision Pro is expected to forgo two key features that distinguish the current headset. One of these is the EyeSight display, which allows others to see the wearer’s eyes when they’re not immersed in content. This isn’t a new revelation, as it was mentioned in a previous newsletter.

The other feature to be omitted is the “Mac grade chip,” which in the original model includes the M2 chip. While the replacement chip remains undisclosed, it’s likely to be an A-series chip, possibly the A17 Pro, the latest in Apple’s A-series lineup.

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However, even with these feature reductions, the price of the more affordable Apple Vision Pro will still be relatively high. Mark Gurman suggests a price range between $1,500 and $2,500. While this is a significant drop from the original’s $3,500 price point, it’s important to note that it’s still quite a substantial investment.

The release of this budget-friendly model is expected to come later than the original Apple Vision Pro, which is slated for an early US launch next year. Other regions will likely receive it afterward. We may have to wait until WWDC 2024 for more details and potentially see these headsets hit the market in the following year, much like Apple’s first headset.

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Pokdepinion: Personally, I’m not surprised not just because it’s Apple but by the mere fact that the concept looks way more advanced than anything else we have. Cutting a few features will help to bring costs down, but it’s going to take a long while before it can be within reach for your average consumer.

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