18 July 2022
We are yet to see Apple's first-ever AR/VR headset but reports of the second-gen model being under development have already begun to surface. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known market research analyst, has shared that Apple will release two different models of its second-gen AR/VR headset in 2025. One of these will be a proper successor and another one will be an affordable variant.
The direct successor model will have high-end features, specifications, and components. This is the same approach as the first-gen AR/VR headset tipped for a 2023 launch. This is the reason it will also be a lot expensive and if we go by rumors, it is set to be priced around a whopping $3,000. It is safe to say Apple will not be targeting the masses whenever it will launch.
Apple is reported to ship around 10 million units of its VR/AR headsets by 2025 or 2026. This is due to the "product segmentation strategy and ecosystem". It is expected that the affordable model will contribute noticeably to these estimated figures. However, it is unknown what exactly will be the difference between the two variants that are said to arrive in the next three years.
If we talk about the first-gen AR/VR headset, it is tipped to arrive with two micro-LED panels and an AMOLED panel. Both these panels will have a high resolution. There will be advanced sensors including a LiDAR scanner for detecting users' hand gestures and even the surrounding environment. It is said to have many other advanced features like iris recognition, eye tracking, voice control, and facial expression detection.