Apple is planning to release a mixed-reality headset later this year, but has halted the development of its AR glasses due to technical challenges. However, a cheaper version of the AR/VR headset may be released, according to Bloomberg’s report.
Apple’s AR glasses project is on hold
In addition to the upcoming mixed-reality headset, Apple has also been developing new AR glasses. These glasses were intended to be more focused on basic tasks such as displaying notifications, rather than offering immersive VR features. However, it seems that Apple’s plans for this product may have also changed.
Apple had planned to release its AR glasses after the launch of its mixed-reality headset, which combines AR and VR. But, the company has now decided to release a lower-cost version of the mixed-reality headset, after the launch of the initial one, as early as 2024 or 2025, according to people familiar with the matter, as reported by Bloomberg.
Apple’s mixed reality headset is rumored to have two 4K Micro-LED panels, which will provide a high-resolution, immersive experience. The device will also have advanced sensors, such as multiple cameras and a LiDAR scanner, as well as hand gesture detection, eye tracking, iris recognition, voice control, skin detection, and facial expression detection. The design is expected to be inspired by the AirPods and Apple Watch. It’s estimated that Apple may ship 10 million units of its AR/VR devices by 2026.
Apple’s AR/VR headset could get a cheaper version
Apple’s first AR/VR headset has not yet been announced, but the company is reportedly worried about its high price. There have been rumors that the first generation device could cost around $3,000. To make the technology more accessible, Apple is said to be planning a cheaper version of the device, with a goal of having it cost around the same as an iPhone. The current iPhone 14 line-up ranges in price from $800 to $1,600.
According to a report, Apple’s mixed reality (MR) headset is less complicated to build, but bulkier compared to an augmented reality (AR) device that looks like normal eyeglasses. While virtual reality (VR) is fully immersive, AR overlays virtual information on the real world, and MR blends real-world and digital elements, enabling users to interact in a virtual environment.