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Apple Plans Cheaper Version of Apple Vision, its Augmented Reality Glasses

Announced last June, the Apple Vision Pro received praise and criticism for its functionality and usefulness. Despite being available for sale only from early 2024, Apple is not only already working on a second version of the glasses, but is also considering the possibility of a cheaper version.

According to Mark Gurman, chief correspondent for the international portal Bloomberg, Cupertino’s company is working on a version that would hit the American market for something between $1500 and $2000 – different from the incredibly expensive $3500 charged for the “Pro” version.

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To achieve such a large price difference between the versions, Apple would forgo the EyeSight feature in the cheaper version of the Apple Vision, as well as significantly reduce the number of cameras and sensors.

In basic terms, EyeSight is capable of capturing the user’s eyes and projecting them onto an external OLED display. The projection is activated whenever the glasses’ user is looking at the surrounding room, using the built-in cameras.

Apple Vision

As a result, people around can tell when the person is not immersed in the experience offered by the glasses, by seeing the real space around them. When immersed, the same external curved display becomes “blurred.”

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So, by removing such an advanced feature, the company could significantly cut costs. This could be a worthwhile trade-off, especially if the user plans to use their glasses in a setting without others.

In addition to the more affordable version, Apple is also in full development of a second generation of the Vision Pro. According to rumors, the company’s main goal with the new generation is to make the glasses lighter and more comfortable to wear, as well as to implement an even more powerful chip.

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