Apple’s Vision Pro Mixed Reality headset caused quite a stir in the tech world when it was released. It not only impressed with its extensive feature set and cutting-edge technology, but it also raised eyebrows due to its exorbitant price.
Apple’s Vision Pro
With a starting price of $3,499, many prospective buyers have reconsidered their decision, preferring to wait for the technology to become more accessible and affordable. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding its affordability.
However, the Cupertino company recently received a patent for a scaled-down version of the Vision Pro, which could mean a cheaper headset in the future. Knowing, it will not be truly cheap, but it will be slightly less expensive than the current Vision Pro.
The patent in question describes a head-mounted display (HMD) accessory that can be connected to an iPhone and function as a virtual or augmented reality headset, albeit with a more compact design than the Vision Pro.
The accessory will include a detection mechanism that will allow it to establish a wireless connection with the iPhone, allowing users to immerse themselves in a virtual reality experience.
Although specifics about the headband’s functionality and integration with the iPhone or iPad have not been revealed, it is clear that Apple is looking into novel ways to maximize the potential of its mobile devices.
While the existence of a patent does not guarantee the existence of a finished product, it does indicate that Apple’s engineers are actively considering the possibility of converting iPhones and iPads into virtual reality headsets.
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