According to a new source, Apple Vision Pro, the company's first wearable mixed reality headset revealed at WWDC 2023, could be released in the following months. The iPhone maker is reportedly scaling up manufacturing of its spatial computer at Chinese assembly plants and has been working on preparing its retail personnel for the headset's launch in the United States. Apple has also been working with app developers to help them create apps for visionOS, the Vision Pro's operating system.
Vision Pro has been "running at full speed" for weeks
According to Bloomberg, production of the Vision Pro has been "running at full speed" for weeks. Apple expects to have units available by the end of next month and launch the product for retail consumers in February. According to the article, despite the alleged timeline, any production issues could cause Apple's plans to be delayed.
Apple announced earlier this year that the Vision Pro would be available in the United States in "early 2024." The company established labs in numerous countries for developers to test their apps using the headgear and tools to aid in developing visionOS apps. Telegram's Pavel Durov recently teased the chat platform's software for the Vision Pro, which includes three-dimensional message effects, an immersive video player, and voice typing capabilities.
Apple Vision Pro's release date could be pushed back to March
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported last month that the Apple Vision Pro's release date could be pushed back to March as Apple completes final device testing and finalises distribution arrangements for the $3,499 (approximately Rs. 2.91 lakhs) wearable device.
The Financial Times reported earlier this year that Apple's sole Vision Pro assembler, Luxshare, would produce fewer than 400,000 units in 2024, implying that Apple was reducing its production projections for the headset.
Apple is working on a second-generation headset
While the Vision Pro has yet to be released in the United States, Apple is working on a second-generation headset, Project Alaska. The headset will reportedly have a revised back strap and may support an external audio device instead of the Vision Pro's audio module. However, this information should be taken with a grain of salt, as Apple has yet to announce plans for a successor to the headset, which will appear in early 2024.