Apple finally launched its highly anticipated mixed reality headset in June.
The Vision Pro is sleek and stylish and packed with features, although its steep $3,500 price tag will surely be a deterrent for many of those interested in this new device.
For anyone paying for it when it goes on sale early next year, another issue may be comfort. Based on Bloomberg reports on Sunday by prominent Apple leaker Mark Gurman, Apple’s Vision Pro headset “has caused neck strain during testing due to its size and weight.”
The specific weight has not been revealed, but reports suggest that Apple’s new Vision Pro headset weighs around 1 pound (453.6 grams).
Apple engineers are reportedly now working on the next version of the Vision Pro, with a particular focus on making it lighter and smaller, making it more comfortable to wear for long periods.
“Work on the next Vision Pro is still in the early stages, but the company hopes to make the device lighter and at least a little smaller,” Gurman said in his report, adding that “testing has shown that the device may feel too heavy for some users — even in a short time.” Apple was even able to address this issue with the first Vision Pro by adding a head strap, Gurman claims.
Apple engineers are also looking for ways to make the headset simpler for those who wear glasses. The upcoming headset doesn’t have enough space for glasses, so the tech giant has instead partnered with Zeiss to create prescription lenses that can be attached magnetically to the Vision Pro’s screen.
Of course, creating so many different lens combinations is no easy feat, so Apple is apparently considering shipping a purpose-built Vision Pro with prescription lenses pre-installed. However, Gurman noted that this deal is far from being reached because it would make it difficult to resell the devices and does not take into account changes in people’s vision over time.
The suggested solution is augmented reality glasses that overlay information on the lenses. This marks a move away from virtual reality but has the potential to offer a much more comfortable experience while still offering many features.
Gurman believes Apple stopped developing its AR glasses last year because the technology wasn’t enough, but he’s confident the company will return to the project at some point.