December 7, 2023

Not lengthy after Apple introduced the Imaginative and prescient Professional at WWDC, rumors about its inevitable follow-up started to unfold. In June, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported in his publication {that a} second-generation headset was already within the works and that it will add a number of main new options. We’re nonetheless months out from the launch of Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, however now MacRumors has shared a report of its personal spoiling much more Imaginative and prescient Professional 2 particulars.

Based on MacRumors, Apple’s second-generation headset “bears putting resemblance to the first-generation Imaginative and prescient Professional.” It’ll characteristic the identical curved aesthetics and button placement as the unique machine, however the speaker could have a brand new residence. MacRumors additionally claims that the machine is understood internally as Challenge Alaska and machine identifier N109.

Sources say that early designs of the brand new headset don’t embody the rounded areas that home the audio system on the present mannequin. As an alternative, Apple has positioned “temples which might be flat and uniform all through their total size” on the headset.

MacRumors’ sources apparently noticed documentation from Apple concerning the subsequent Imaginative and prescient Professional as nicely. These paperwork include references to an audio accent however don’t present any particulars. MacRumors suggests it might be an exterior speaker. In addition they reveal that Apple thought-about two designs for the highest vents, “one being the identical because the vents on the first-generation ‌Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional‌, and the latter that includes two clusters of tiny speaker-type holes.”

One other potential change is easier rear straps that look extra like “flat straps generally discovered on laptop computer baggage or backpacks.” Plus, the sources counsel that Apple is perhaps sticking with the exterior battery pack, which may even be accessible for the Imaginative and prescient Professional.

MacRumors additionally offered an inventory of key {hardware} elements for Challenge Alaska:

  • 2 micro-OLED shows
  • 1 TrueDepth digital camera
  • 4 pc imaginative and prescient (CV) cameras
  • 2 RGB cameras
  • 2 low mild infrared illuminators
  • Semi-automatic interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment
  • Compass, ambient mild sensor, magnetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope

The second-generation Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional is reportedly scheduled to enter the product validation testing (PVT) stage of growth in 2025. That will align with a late 2025 or early 2026 launch date for the next-generation headset. After all, Apple’s plans might change relying on a wide range of components, such because the success of the first-gen Imaginative and prescient Professional.