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Heavy Apple Vision Pro leads Apple to lighten future headsets

Apple Vision Pro

The weight of the Apple Vision Pro is an issue that Apple is still working on, a report claims, with future models set to become much lighter.

Apple's engineering teams are hard at work preparing the Apple Vision Pro for launch. Though the focus is more on future models than the already-finished first-generation hardware, Apple is still concerned about the weight of its initial release, and how consumers will take it.

Writing in the Bloomberg "Power On" newsletter, Mark Gurman says that the current model is heavy at "about a pound." This weight was apparently shown in testing to be considered "too heavy for some users - even in short stretches," and had also caused neck strain.

The weight issue was also observed by AppleInsider when it tried out the device, with "light neck fatigue" ensured after an hour and a half of use.

For the current model, Apple is considering a fix involving an over-the-head strap, which has surfaced in previous reports. Though Apple can't do much about the current model's weight, other than to try and support it more, the weight is a factor being taken onboard for later models.

As well as weight, Apple may also vary the design to make it more useful for people who wear glasses. The first-gen model was slimmed down and wouldn't work with glasses, and instead relies on magnetic prescription lenses to be installed before use.

Such a system with thousands of interchangeable lens combinations may be a logistical nightmare for future models, as well as making it complex for consumers.

Apple may opt to sell future headsets with prescription lenses pre-installed to simplify usage, but doing so would make the headset less useful for sharing with others, or if the user's vision prescription changes. There are also concerns that providing built-in prescription lenses would make Apple a form of health provider, which introduces various related problems.

Gurman offers that Apple's now-stalled plan for AR glasses could be the way forward since it would be a lightweight piece of hardware that didn't rely on passthrough cameras and VR screens. Theoretically, they could be worn all day.

Doing so will require Apple to increase its development on the AR glasses project, which it may do eventually if the Vision Pro proves popular enough.