Cheaper version of Apple’s Vision Pro may use larger but lower-resolution display: Report


Apple is said to be planning a more affordable version of the Vision Pro – its first mixed reality (MR) headset. While no release date has been revealed yet and the device isn’t official, it is expected to launch by the end of 2025. According to a recent report, this new headset could feature a larger display but with a lower resolution, in order to keep costs down.

Cheaper Vision Pro with low-resolution display

According to a report by The Electric, the more affordable version of the Apple Vision Pro could feature larger 2.1-inch OLED-on-Silicon (OLEDoS) displays, making them significantly larger than the displays on the current Vision Pro headset. These screens are expected to have a resolution of 1,700 pixels per inch (ppi).

Currently, Sony is reportedly Apple’s primary supplier of these microdisplays. However, its production capacity is limited to 900,000 panels per year, and since each headset uses two screens, this translates into a maximum capacity to support 450,000 mixed-reality headsets.

To tackle this problem, Apple has issued a Request for Information (RFI) – a process of obtaining technology-related information ahead of product development, to other display manufacturers including Samsung and LG to assess their production capabilities. According to the report, this is an attempt to not only increase shipments of the Vision Pro but also establish a steady supply of displays. However, it is unclear whether the two companies will respond to Apple’s request.

It is worth noting that the Apple Vision Pro features two 1.42-inch displays with a pixel density of 3,400 ppi. These screens are believed to be a major reason behind the headset’s high price of $3,499 (roughly Rs. 2,90,000), with the displays reportedly costing $456 (roughly Rs. 38,000) alone.

If this plan comes to fruition, the more affordable Vision Pro’s display would mean a bigger drop in price compared to the current version, but it could also result in a drop in the overall price of the mixed reality headset.

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