Apple’s newly released Vision Pro headset has captivated audiences, but insiders believe it may take several generations before the device evolves into its optimal form.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports sources within Apple’s VR team feel the Vision Pro won’t hit its stride until the fourth iteration. They draw comparisons to early generations of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch which all required multiple revisions to realize their full capabilities.
This perspective aligns with reviews noting the Vision Pro, while impressive, exhibits expected first-generation limitations. Some hardware quirks need refinement, like weight distribution in the still bulky headset. There are also “V1 bugs” in the software experience.
Vision Pro Exhibits Expected First-Generation Growing Pains
Essentially, Apple is still mastering complex new mixed reality technologies. Perfection right out of the gate is unrealistic. The Vision Pro 2 isn’t expected until late 2025 or 2026, showing Apple isn’t rushing annual upgrades.
Iterative improvements across successive models will likely see the headset slim down and become more ergonomic. Technical capabilities will also expand over time as Apple hones its approach. And pricing should decrease with scale.
Iterative Refinement Over Time to Unlock Full Capabilities
For now, the Vision Pro leads its niche consumer market. But realizing its full disruptive potential could take years. Apple revolutionized smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches through relentless refinement across generations. A similar trajectory faces the pioneering Vision Pro as Apple aims for the ultimate mixed reality experience.
The Vision Pro marks only the starting point of this journey. Apple already plans multiple follow-up headsets expanding accessibility. But if insiders are correct, the Vision Pro’s ideal form factors and capabilities may only fully emerge by the fourth generation model. For consumers, patience through incremental innovations may bring the most rewarding results.