Apple's $3,499 Vision Pro headset costs three iPhone 14 Pro Maxes to build

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Apple finally announced the Vision Pro headset during its WWDC 2023 event on June 5 and while we were already expecting it to cost a lot, few were ready for just how expensive it would be. But it turns out that there might be a reason for that.

Most of the rumors prior to the Vision Pro's announcement had the headset costing around $3,000 but few were ready for the $3,499 price tag that Apple slapped on it. However, a new report suggests that Apple's high price has a basis in reality — because it costs a small fortune to build.

If the report is accurate, the $3,499 Vision Pro costs Apple $1,509 to put together, a sum that might not be all that surprising when you consider how much hardware goes into making the magic that Apple showed off at WWDC. And the figure is even more notable when you look at how much Apple's very best iPhone costs to build.

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According to industry leaker @Tech_Reve, Apple's Vision Pro BoM (bill of materials) comes in at $1,509 — a figure that is more than three times the $464 Counterpoint Research claims the iPhone 14 Pro Max costs to put together in its 128GB configuration.

So what costs all that money? We're told that the Sony display costs a whopping $700 while having LuxShare put the Vision Pro together costs another $130. The M2 chip that powers the headset is the third most-costly part of the whole headset, coming in at $120 according to the report.

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When you consider that the 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max sells for $1,099 the $3,499 Apple will charge for the Vision Pro headset starts to make a lot more sense.

Not that the mathematics will likely help people afford the Vision Pro headset when it goes on sale in early 2024, of course.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.