It’s no secret that Apple is working hard on augmented and virtual reality devices Report from Bloomberg in January, Apple claims it is working on an expensive ultra-high-end headset that could hit stores in 2022 new report from The information sheds new light on what to expect from the potential headset, including a rendering – supposedly based on “Apple internal images of a late-stage prototype from last year” – of what the device might actually look like.
The informationThe report confirms several details Bloombergincluding the fabric netting the company is said to be using to reduce the weight of the device – and the high price tag. According to the new report, the price could reach around $ 3,000, which is significantly higher than most other standalone VR headsets the $ 299 Oculus Quest 2.
The alleged design also appears to borrow hints from a host of other Apple devices, including interchangeable Apple Watch-style headbands and a HomePod-like mesh fabric.
Thanks to over a dozen cameras (for tracking hand movements) and LIDAR sensors (for mapping rooms, similar to AR effects), there are also new details about the actual hardware for the rumored device, which is both VR and mixed reality – Applications should offer on the iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro). It is also said to have two 8K displays with eye-tracking technology that could offer resolution well beyond the commercial VR headsets currently on the market.
Specifically, the report claims that Apple won’t run the power-hungry 8K displays at full resolution all the time. Instead, the device uses eye-tracking technology to determine where users are looking, and then renders peripheral areas at lower resolution to improve performance (a technique in the VR world called foveated rendering). The chips as previously reported by BloombergIt is expected to be in-house developed Apple silicon hardware that could potentially be more powerful than Apple’s current M1 chip.
Apple is reportedly experimenting with a variety of control methods, including hand and eye tracking, a headset-mounted dial, and “thimble-like” accessories, though nothing is said to be finalized yet.
The headset, which is mainly described as a VR device with more limited AR capabilities, is said to continue to be an important step towards Apple’s ultimate goal: a lightweight AR device indistinguishable from standard glasses. This device is said to be years away from being released.