According to Apple industry expert Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s second-generation AR/VR headset would include two high-end and low-end variants. In a recent Medium article presenting his most recent survey results and forecasts, Kuo claims that both models will probably be available by 2025.
A report earlier this week stated that Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, is already working on a less expensive second-generation version of the company’s long-rumored AR/VR headset.
According to that claim, the first-generation Apple headset would be “very costly,” with market estimates ranging from $3,000 to $5,000, while the second-generation headset will cost less than “a high-end Mac computer,” according to the study. In order to cater to a larger client base, it now seems that Apple is preparing a two-tiered series of the second-generation gadget, much as how it provides both ordinary and more expensive Pro-branded iPhones each year.
In his most recent report, Kuo claims that Pegatron is gradually leaving Apple’s headset market and that, in the first half of 2023, it will transfer its AR/MR development team and production resources to Luxcaseict, a joint venture between Pegatron and Luxshare ICT, which will be run by Luxshare ICT.
As a result, Luxshare ICT will take over the design and manufacturing of the premium version of the second-generation headset. According to Kuo, these modifications will cause “the following acceleration of decreasing the cost of the headgear,” which is what Apple anticipates.
Apple’s first headset is said to contain over a dozen cameras, dual 4K lenses, sophisticated eye and hand tracking, and many other cutting-edge capabilities. It is anticipated to be unveiled at WWDC in June. About the software, it is said that the gadget has a grid of applications and an iOS-like user interface.