Apple’s AR headset could land next year and be more powerful than the iPhone 14

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For a long time we’ve heard rumors that Apple is working on an AR (augmented reality) or VR headset, and now it looks like the wearable may be less than a year away, postponing a late 2022 release date. has been given.

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This is according to Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a great track record for Apple leaks), in a research report seen by Nerdshala.

According to Kuo, the headset will be capable of both AR and VR, with the latter being enabled by a pair of 4K micro OLED displays from Sony. It will apparently be powered by the same chipset as the M1 that we have seen on some Macs and iPad Pro 2021.

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This is a higher class of chipset than you’ll find in the iPhone range, so the Apple VR headset could possibly be more powerful than the iPhone 14, which could land around the same time.

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Kuo says all this power will mean it can operate independently of an iPhone or Mac, and will include a second lower-end processor that will power the sensors in the device. This secondary processor would obviously be necessary due to the large number of sensor related aspects.

For example, it will apparently have “at least 6-8 optical modules that will simultaneously provide users with AR services through continuous video viewing.”

It sounds like an impressive gadget, and when we take it with a pinch of salt, Kuo is often right, and claims of a late 2022 release date are in line with other sources.

Our main concerns are simply the price, which in earlier leaks was around $3,000 (about £2,250 / AU$4,200) and battery life, which can be an issue with so much technology vying for power.


Analysis: Headset first, then glasses, then the world

Apple’s AR/VR headset is just the first step if leaks are to be believed, with the company planning Apple Glasses sometime later. These, too, will be an AR device, but they will be more slick – more like glasses than a headset. Think a more sophisticated version of Google Glass.

And with these products, the days of the iPhone may be numbered, as in a research report similar to the AR headset description, Kuo claimed (according to Nerdshala) that he believes the iPhone will be replaced by AR devices in ten years. will be changed within.

That’s why they’re confident the Apple AR headset will work without being attached to the phone — because Apple doesn’t want it to be just an accessory, the company clearly wants it (or a similar wearable) to one day be your primary smart device. .

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