Prepare yourself for some possibly good news if the anticipated $3,000 virtual reality headset from Apple seems like a financial nightmare to you. According to analyst and trusted Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo, the business is already working on a second-generation AR/VR headset that will be released in 2025 and include both a high-end and an entry-level model. However, because Kuo did not specify particular pricing ranges, it is difficult to determine how cost-effective that alternative actually is.
The anticipated second-generation model would debut in the first half of 2025, according to Kuo, who predicted it in a Medium blog post on Sunday. Component suppliers are anticipated to start shipping in the second half of 2024. If accurate, Kuo’s forecast represents one of the earliest reliable projections for the release date of Apple’s V2 headset model. However, all of that should be taken with a grain of salt in light of the fact that Apple’s first-generation headset, which “officially” still doesn’t exist, was reportedly delayed for several months and hasn’t yet been released. Apple’s first headgear won’t likely be announced publicly until January 2023, according to Kuo. That “announcement” would put an end to what was arguably the worst-kept secret in history.
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In his blog, Kuo also shares some further broad information regarding Apple’s long-term headset plans. He asserts that high ASP Pancake lenses, which are frequently seen in SLR cameras, are a vital addition to the headsets, influencing both form factor and visuals. Those Pancake lenses are anticipated to be supplied by the businesses Genius and Young Optics, and both are anticipated to participate in the supply chain for the second generation model. According to Kuo, Apple’s AR/VR shipments may impressively exceed 10 million as early as 2025.
This isn’t the first time that specifications for a prospective second-generation Apple headset have been revealed. In a report published last month by The Elec, LG Display was said to be attempting to deliver the micro OLED screens for that particular model. For the first iteration, Sony is reportedly providing the majority of the micro OLED screens.
If Apple does release their headsets on store shelves in the upcoming years, they seem certain to arrive exactly at the correct time, like so many previous innovative Apple items. Global shipments of VR headsets climbed by an astounding 241.6% year over year in the first quarter of 2022, according to a new IDC report published last month. Unsurprisingly, Meta dominated that market with a 90 percent market share thanks to the Quest 2 headgear it produced. Apple is prepared to enter a developing scenario as one of the only real competitors to Meta as the majority of other big VR hardware movers have abandoned the consumer sector in favour of enterprise customers. They could be able to further weaken Meta’s hold with a more cheap second-generation device.