Apple’s first virtual or augmented reality (AR/VR) headset is slated to go on sale later this year. At the same time, the company is developing a second-generation headset, and in two versions at once: more expensive and more advanced, and more affordable. These models will most likely appear in 2025. Both versions of the headsets are designed and manufactured by Luxcaseict and Foxconn respectively, said renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Expected to be unveiled at WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) in June, Apple’s first-generation headset will reportedly feature more than a dozen cameras, a pair of 4K screens, advanced eye and hand-tracking sensors, and many other advanced features. As for the software, the device gets an interface similar to iOS.
It is rumored to be Apple’s first headset “extremely expensive” It’s estimated to cost between $3,000 and $5,000, while Apple’s second-gen headset will have a more affordable price tag. It looks like Apple is planning a two-tier series of second-gen devices to reach the audience as widely as possible, similar to how it offers both standard iPhones and more premium iPhone Pros every year.
According to analysts, the likelihood of mass shipments after the summer conference for Apple developers is low. But it’s entirely possible to launch a headset with the iPhone 15 in Q3 of this year. Apple’s current headset partner Pegatron will phase out that deal, sources say, and is expected to transfer its development team and manufacturing resources to Luxcaseict (a joint venture between Luxshare ICT and Pegatron) in the first half of 2023.
Luxshare ICT takes over the subsequent development and production of a high-end version of the second generation headset. According to analysts, such changes will lead to a reduction in the cost of the headset, which Apple is betting on. The headset is expected to use cheaper components, such as B. Lower resolution lenses. Work on the second-generation device began last year.