The Apple Vision Pro hasn’t reached actual customers yet, but we’re already starting to hear rumors about what might be in the pipeline for the second generation of Apple’s augmented reality and virtual reality headset.
Sources spoken to MacRumors say that the Apple Vision Pro 2 will actually look very similar to the original headset, although there may be changes to the speaker configuration, with a flatter shape on each side.
We may also see variations in the design of the top vents, the report said, with the possibility that groups of small holes will replace the existing strips. The documentation also mentions an audio accessory, possibly referring to an external speaker.
One of the main differences concerns the rear tires, says MacRumors. The 2nd generation headset apparently has straps that are simpler in design and “somewhat reminiscent of the flat straps often found on laptop bags or backpacks.”
The waiting game
It sounds like the next model of the Apple Vision Pro will retain the external battery pack that the current model has, and MacRumors also says that most of the sensors and cameras will be similar as well.
A compass, ambient light sensor, magnetometer and gyroscope are specifically mentioned, alongside support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and ultra-low latency audio, all of which is exactly as you’d expect.
Based on the information in this leak, what is known as production validation testing (PVT) is planned for 2025, which would mean a release date of late 2025 or early 2026. Of course, all of these details and plans could change over time.
We’ve previously heard that Apple is working on a cheaper Vision Pro model, but we’re not entirely sure if this is it. Other improvements Apple is reportedly considering are to make the next Vision Pro lighter, more compact and more comfortable.