Apple announced the Vision Pro earlier this month and the company is already working on its next generation of mixed-reality headsets. It was previously reported that the company is developing budget variants of the Vision Pro which will be priced lower than the current model. The price of the new Vision Pro is one of the reasons why it will not become a mainstream product any time soon. However, a prominent industry analyst claims that the Vision Pro could take four generations of upgrades for the headset to reach its ‘ideal form.’
Apple’s team working on the Vision Pro states that the headset has much work before customers can use the device on a day-to-day basis
We have heard a boatload of details on the Vision Pro and how it is superior to any other VR headset on the market. However, the adoption rate will be significantly slower due to its whopping $3,499 price tag. Mark Gurman states in his latest Power On newsletter that the Apple team who worked on the Vision Pro believes that the headset requires a lot of work before it can become a mainstream product for the average user.
Apple’s first-generation products have always been a little lacking on various fronts. It is perfectly natural to believe that a new product category would feature a few imperfections compared to a product that has matured over a series of upgrades, like the iPhone or the Apple Watch. It is unclear what features and changes Apple’s development team is considering to make the Vision Pro headset a more mainstream product for customers.
Note that there are a handful of aspects of Vision Pro that can be improved in the coming years. For instance, the headset is quite heavy for longer sessions, making it not an ideal device for long productivity hours. Additionally, the battery life is another aspect that can be significantly improved. Apple states that the Vision Pro battery pack can last up to 3 hours, depending on the use case. Henceforth, future upgrades for the Vision Pro could feature a bigger battery capacity and more efficient hardware, allowing the headset to last as long as a MacBook.
Apple’s Vision Pro team could potentially be working on the additions mentioned above. As noted, it was previously reported that Apple is working on budget variants of the Vision Pro headset which will be cheaper than the current version. Additionally, the company could also improve the battery life and reduce the weight of the headset for a comfortable fit.
Gurman also noted that the Vision Pro could cannibalize the iPad in the long run. However, Apple could introduce novel changes in future iPad versions, including features and design variations that fit a different category. However, these are mere speculations at this stage as the final word rests with Apple. We will keep you guys updated on the latest, so be sure to stick around.