We’ve known for a while that Apple has a High-end mixed reality headset with 8K screens, a strong chip, and a lightweight design. What we didn’t know to date is that the company is already working on a second generation version of the device.
The news comes from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new report, Kuo outlines what he expects from the headset in both the first and second generation MacRumors,. He says the device will mix Augmented Reality (AR) and VR in one device. That means you don’t have to pick up a second device if you’re interested in both technologies, which sets it apart from most headsets currently on the market, which tend to focus on one technology or the other.
Kuo’s report also suggests that the headset weighs between 300 grams and 400 grams, which is cheap compared to many other competing devices – the Oculus Quest 2, for example, weighs 503 grams while the Sony PlayStation VR weighs 600 grams. Interestingly, although it is below many other VR headsets, it is Kuo’s prediction at least double the 150g he claimed in March 2021.
When can we get our hands on the headset? Well, according to Kuo, the first generation Apple headset will hit the market sometime in 2022. That’s an improvement over that Release date 2023 We saw Kuo back in October 2021, and we suggest that Apple has made progress in its goal of creating “a complete package of software, ecosystems, and services,” as Kuo puts it.
Speaking of which, some eagle-eyed detectives have a. sighted Job posting at Apple who is looking for an AR and VR engineer for “next generation interactive computing platforms” who “should improve the capabilities and performance of AR / VR systems”. The successful applicant will work on “a completely new application paradigm” that indicates a new, unannounced AR / VR product – something that sounds a lot like a mixed reality headset, for example.
That role could include work on the second generation Apple headset, which Kuo has also shared details on. Kuo’s report says it will hit the market in the second half of 2024 and will be much lighter than the first generation model, as well as having a new industrial design, faster processor and new battery system.
Kuo expects the first generation device to sell in the 2.5 million to 3.5 million unit range. If demand increases and features improve, then the second-generation model could sell around 10 million units, Kuo believes.
And none of that includes the much more inconspicuous Apple AR glasses on which the company should work and which should be published in the next few years. In summary, it seems like Apple is delving deep into mixed reality. If everything goes according to plan, it could be the next big thing in the company.