Up to now few days, two new reviews have make clear the specs and technique behind Apple’s upcoming blended actuality headset. Each declare that Apple is on a path to launching its first augmented actuality/digital actuality headset as quickly as subsequent yr and that the product will characteristic ultrahigh-end specs and applied sciences.
Writing in his weekly Bloomberg e-newsletter, reporter Mark Gurman says the brand new headset will characteristic “superior” chips, shows, and sensors and that it’ll have “avatar-based options.” That latter level signifies that Apple has an identical imaginative and prescient for a way the headset might be used to that of Meta, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been declaring a imaginative and prescient of social interconnectedness via AR and VR experiences.
Gurman additionally writes that Apple’s first headset will likely be a blended actuality one, supporting each VR and AR functions. The long-rumored client AR glasses will come a lot later, “years down the highway.” Whereas funding has been pouring into analysis on AR know-how, there stay quite a few main technological roadblocks to mass-market client AR glasses, and it’s unclear when all that funding would possibly translate right into a viable, mainstream product.
Within the meantime, the blended actuality headset that would launch as quickly as subsequent yr will provide “a blended actuality expertise that may deal with video games in high-quality digital actuality with snappy chips and high-end shows.” It is prone to be extraordinarily costly and will solely be accessible to well-off tech fans in addition to builders who will start the work of constructing the primary functions for a future client app ecosystem.
In the meantime, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo launched a report back to buyers that additionally claims Apple plans to introduce a high-tech, expensive blended actuality headset in 2022. He wrote that Fb and Sony will launch their very own blended actuality headsets in the identical yr however that Sony’s at the very least will likely be a VR, not an AR, headset, as a successor to the extremely profitable PlayStation VR peripheral for the corporate’s gaming consoles.
He additionally will get a bit bit particular about one key spec for Apple’s headset: it’ll assist the innovative wi-fi networking commonplace Wi-Fi 6E, he wrote. He additionally claimed that Sony and Meta’s headsets will assist the identical commonplace.