Apple Is Secretly Working on Two Mixed Reality Headsets

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We’ve recognized for some time now that Apple is engaged on a high-end combined actuality headset with 8K screens, a robust chip, and a light-weight design. What we haven’t recognized earlier than at this time is that the corporate is already engaged on a second-generation model of the system.

The information comes from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a brand new report, Kuo outlines what he expects from the headset in each its first- and second-generation iterations, in accordance with MacRumors,. He states the system will combine augmented actuality (AR) and VR into one system. Which means there could be no want to choose up a second system in the event you have been excited about each applied sciences, which might set it aside from most headsets presently available on the market that are inclined to concentrate on one tech or the opposite.

Kuo’s report additionally presents a weight for the headset: Between 300 grams and 400 grams. That compares favorably to many different rival gadgets — the Oculus Quest 2 weighs in at 503g, for instance, whereas the Sony PlayStation VR hits 600g. Apparently, regardless of clocking in under many different VR headsets, Kuo’s prediction is at the very least double the 150g he asserted in March 2021.

When can we get our arms on the headset? Nicely, in accordance with Kuo, the first-generation Apple headset will launch in some unspecified time in the future in 2022. That’s an enchancment on the 2023 launch date we beforehand noticed from Kuo in October 2021, and suggests Apple has made progress on its aim of making a “full software program, ecosystem, and providers” bundle, as Kuo places it.

Apple’s subsequent massive factor

Talking of which, some eagle-eyed sleuths have noticed a job posting at Apple that’s searching for an AR and VR engineer for “next-generation interactive computing platforms” that may “improve the capabilities and efficiency of AR/VR programs.” The profitable applicant will work on “a wholly new utility paradigm,” hinting at some new, unannounced AR/VR product — one thing that sounds very very like a combined actuality headset, for instance.

That position may contain work on the second technology of Apple’s headset, which Kuo has additionally shared particulars about. Kuo’s report states that it’s going to launch within the second half of 2024 and shall be a lot lighter than the first-generation mannequin, in addition to possess a brand new industrial design, sooner processor, and new battery system.

Kuo expects the first-generation system to promote within the vary of two.5 million to three.5 million models. Then, as demand rises and options enhance, the second-generation mannequin may promote round 10 million models, Kuo believes.

And none of this consists of the rather more unobtrusive Apple AR glasses that the corporate is alleged to be engaged on and plans to launch within the subsequent few years. Put collectively, it appears Apple is diving deep into combined actuality. If all goes in accordance with plan, it may very well be the corporate’s subsequent massive factor.

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