When will a cheaper Apple Vision Pro be available?

Don't expect an Apple Vision Pro 2 or entry-level headset just yet

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Apple expert Mark Gurman doesn't expect the company to launch a new version of its Vision Pro headset until the end of 2026 at the earliest.

And the company is currently "flummoxed" on how to bring the cost down.

Ever since the Apple Vision Pro price was revealed, rumours on a cheaper model have flown around the internet. But the likelihood of getting one in the next year are slim to nil.

Not is an Apple Vision Pro 2 not expected until the end of 2026 at the earliest, Apple is currently "flummoxed" on how to get the cost down while maintaining a similar level of experience.

That's according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The Apple expert claims in his latest Power On newsletter that the company's immediate roadmap doesn't currently include a second-generation model. And it is still "trying to figure out a way to being a cheaper version to market".

There will be new software in the meantime, however. Apple will reportedly introduce visionOS 2.0 this year – possibly in the latter months, after a tease at WWDC 2024 in June.

It won't be a major "game changer", writes Gurman, but it could coincide with a wider rollout of the existing Vision Pro.

The current headset is still not available outside the United States, although we understand that a launch in China is on the cards and soon. That could herald an international rollout too, including to the UK later this year.

That is probably more than enough for Apple to concentrate on for now – after all, why speed up production of a replacement when the first-gen device isn't even available worldwide?

As for a cheaper model, Gurman's comment suggests that while Apple is working on a standard Apple Vision headset (as it could be called), it doesn't want to make compromises on the quality and, especially, its capabilities.

Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said (via MacRumors) that he thinks a modified model could enter production at the end of next year for an early 2026 launch, but maybe we'll have to wait until the full next-gen version arrives. That way the price of the original could be slashed to become the entry-level alternative.

After all, that's a technique Apple has employed in the past, ranging last-gen devices alongside their replacements to provide a cheaper option.

Either way, it's not worth holding your breath just yet.

Rik Henderson
News Editor

Rik is T3’s news editor, which means he looks after the news team and the up-to-the-minute coverage of all the hottest gadgets and products you’ll definitely want to read about. And, with more than 35 years of experience in tech and entertainment journalism, including editing and writing for numerous websites, magazines, and newspapers, he’s always got an eye on the next big thing.

Rik also has extensive knowledge of AV, TV streaming and smart home kit, plus just about everything to do with games since the late 80s. Prior to T3, he spent 13 years at Pocket-lint heading up its news team, and was a TV producer and presenter on such shows as Channel 4's GamesMaster, plus Sky's Games World, Game Over, and Virtual World of Sport.