19 February 2021
Apple's first virtual reality headset has been a mystery for years but in the past few weeks, we have started to get a clear picture of what to expect. A new report from The Information cites a source in direct knowledge with the development to reveal noteworthy details. It also corroborates claims from a previous report that it will be a niche product and cost a lot more than most of the competitors.
The Apple VR headset is said to feature a fabric mesh material that will make them feel light-weight and comfortable to wear for hours. The headband will be swappable so that users can customize them similar to Apple Watch bands. The report even has a render of the headset said to be based on “internal Apple images of a late-stage prototype from last year”. There are no drastic changes in the product design and looks similar to how VR headsets usually are.
The headset has more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand movements and LIDAR sensors for room mapping. It will have dual 8K display panels with support for eye-movement tracking. This will help Apple deliver significantly higher resolution than any other commercially available VR headset. However, 8K resolution will work for only that part of the content which the user is watching and everything else will be rendered in low-resolution. This will help Apple in providing better performance while being power-efficient at the same time.
It is the pricing of the Apple VR headset that will probably put it in a completely different league. It is said to cost around $3,000 that is way higher than the majority of the widely popular VR headsets that you can buy. This is one of the reasons Apple is said to be eyeing enterprise customers for the product instead of your average consumer.