Project Alaska: The second generation of Apple’s Vision Pro headset

For the past few months, we’ve heard reports that Apple is working on a second-generation virtual reality/AR/VR headset, though few details have been shared about the device. MacRumors Now it has received new information about the project, which gives us information about the design and hardware of the successor to the Vision Pro.

The second generation Apple Vision Pro headset, internally codenamed Project Alaska and device ID N109, is very similar to the first generation Vision Pro introduced at WWDC 2023. While the device has retained the curved aesthetics and button placement of the first vision. Fan, speaker placement is expected to be different.

Early designs of the second-generation Apple headset do not include the round parts that house the speakers of the first-generation model. Instead, the headset has temples that are smooth and uniform throughout. Documents related to the Alaska project contain references to a non-descript audio accessory, possibly an external speaker. At one point in development, there were two different design configurations for the top vents, one similar to the vents on the first-generation Apple Vision Pro, and the second featuring two sets of small speaker-type holes.

Another major difference is the rear straps. Second-generation headsets have straps that are simpler in design and appearance, somewhat reminiscent of the flat straps commonly found in laptop bags or backpacks. Earlier rumors suggested that Apple’s next headset could be cheaper than the Vision Pro, and the design of the rear straps on the second-generation headset lends some credence to that theory. Simpler belts would likely be easier to mass-produce, perhaps leading to lower overall prices for end consumers.

Along with the possibility of audio accessories, our sources say Apple has plans for an external battery pack, similar to the one used for the first-generation Apple Vision Pro.

In terms of hardware, the second generation Vision Pro still includes the same set of cameras and sensors as the first headset. To be more precise, it has a compass, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, and gyroscope, all of which are present in the iPhone. For connectivity, the second generation Apple headset supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and Ultra Low Latency Audio (ULLA).

The main hardware components of the second generation Apple headset:

  • 2 micro OLED screen
  • 1 TrueDepth camera
  • 4 Computer Vision (CV) cameras.
  • 2 RGB cameras
  • 2 low infrared light
  • Semi-automatic interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment.
  • Compass, ambient light sensor, magnetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope

Current information suggests that Apple’s second-generation headset is slated for the Product Validation Test (PVT) development phase in 2025, which would indicate a late 2025 or early 2026 release date. The information we’ve shared comes from a reliable source that has provided us with details about Apple’s plans in the past, but it’s worth noting that this information is pre-production and Apple’s plans may be in place before the final mass production of the next-gen headset begins. Second change.

For more information on the current Apple Vision Pro, check out our exclusive Vision Pro roundup.

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