Apple employees working on the new Vision Pro mixed reality headset believe it will take “four generations before the device reaches its ideal form,” according to top Apple tipster Mark Gurman.
Writing in the weekly newsletter Power On for Bloomberg, Gurman quotes the source is “some people in the Vision Products Group (Apple)” who work directly on the headset.
While four generations could be considered similar to the development of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, it’s unclear whether Apple will follow in those devices’ footsteps and release updates to the headset every year. If not, it could be five or six years — or even longer — before the Vision Pro reaches its ideal form.
Such a product would see improvements across the board, especially in its physical form, meaning future Vision Pro headsets would be smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear. The viewing experience will also see significant improvements, as well “Spooky” Vision Features. which displays a digital representation of the wearer’s eyes to those in front of them (if Apple decides to keep them). A smaller and more powerful battery will also be part of the package.
The overhaul will also include major software upgrades for a more feature-rich experience and include improvements to things like eye tracking and typing, the latter of which is a somewhat frustrating experience. A Bloomberg reporter noted that the Vision Pro software currently “feels like beta,” and stated that the software is “about a year away from feeling perfect enough” for everyday people to use.
A price drop would also be very welcome, as the current price tag of $3,499 makes this product too expensive for many potential customers.
Gurman said that for now, the Vision Pro is “basically a prototype — just a prototype that you have to pay Apple for the privilege of testing,” and added that instead of replacing a Mac computer or iPhone as some have suggested, The Vision Pro will likely undercut iPad sales, being a device that does basic tasks very well. However, replacing the iPad still seems to be a way out.