- The estimated cost of manufacturing the anticipated Apple VR/AR Headset, as per multiple sources from China, is around $1500, which is significantly lower than initially expected.
- Apple’s upcoming VR/AR headset, speculated to be released on June 5, is expected to run on “rOS”, supporting a wide range of applications such as games, video software, and office tools.
- Minsheng Electronics suggests that around 400,000-500,000 units of the headset will be produced in the second half of the year.
- A potential compatibility issue between “rOS” (xrOS) and iOS is hinted but without specific details.
- The reported Bill of Materials (BOM) includes costs for components such as the chip, Micro OLED screens, a camera, an optical mechanical lens system, and others, totalling to approximately $1,400. Considering shipping costs, the estimate increases to $1,600.
- Some terms like “Rearview mirror” used in the leaks may not match their conventional meanings. They could be placeholder names for specific components, possibly referring to features like passthrough display.
- Two other Chinese sources estimate the BOM to be lower, around $1290 and $1300, excluding shipping costs.
- The headset’s rumoured final price is $3000, twice the manufacturing cost, suggesting Apple might be planning to showcase advanced technology at a premium, with potential low-end and high-end variants introduced later for a wider consumer base.
Information source: Apple VR/AR Headset Manufacturing Costs Estimated at $1500