While the ability to see the eyes of the wearer was one of the Vision Pro headset's main selling points, recent developments reveal that Apple may cut this feature off entirely.
According to Bloomberg's latest Power On newsletter, the tech giant is dropping the EyeSight external display in a cheaper, more affordable base model of the mixed reality headset that it plans to create.
This base model will use an iPhone processor instead of a chip, have a lesser number of sensors and external cameras than what was previously revealed during the Vision Pro's initial unveiling, and retail between $1,500 to $2,500.
Apple's plans to create a base model began earlier this year, shifting its focus from creating new AR glasses to developing a cheaper alternative to the Vision Pro.
Apple is also reportedly already working on the second generation of its flagship headset, with a focus on making it more lightweight and easier to wear.
M3 MacBooks Set for 2024 Release
While Bloomberg previously reported the next generation of MacBooks would be unveiled in October, the latest report noted this is likely no longer the case.
"More often than not, the company debuts new laptops and iPads in October — about a month after the latest iPhone and watch get out the door," it said.
Instead, new predictions estimate the new M3 MacBooks will land in stores between "early and spring" of next year — coinciding with the previous year's MacBook release calendar.
The list of M3 Macs set to be revealed includes an M3 Pro, M3 Max 14 and 16-inch Macbook Pros, and the most recently reported Mac Mini.
Apple began testing the new M3 chips in August but has now reached the design validation test (DVT) stage to prepare the products for mass production.
Store iPhones To Always Come With Latest iOS Updates
The tech giant is also bringing minor changes to two of its flagship products: the iPhone and the iPad.
The newsletter said Apple is looking for ways to update unopened iPhones without taking them out of their packaging, so users don't have to update their devices after purchasing them.
Apple plans to do this by using a pad-like device that wirelessly boots the smartphone to update its system, before turning it off again.
This change is expected to take effect before the end of the year, the report concluded.
Edited by Nikola Djuric