21 January 2022
It is time for a new leak suggesting that the wait for Apple's AR/VR headset is closer than ever to its end. Mark Gurman has claimed that Apple is ready to announce its expensive mixed reality headset in 2022. He shared the leak in the latest episode of his Power On newsletter where he talks about different new things happening in the world of technology.
Here is what Gurman said in the newsletter, "Apple is planning to unleash its own pricey device with advanced chips, displays, sensor, and avatar-based features as early as next year."
The device is said to be capable of supporting virtual reality as well as augmented reality experiences. This is because it will essentially be a mixed reality device like the Microsoft HoloLens. The interesting bit is that Apple said to be eyeing a “mixed reality experience that can handle games in high-quality virtual reality".
Apple seems to have plans for releasing a true AR-only headset as well but that is for the distant future. It is not surprising to hear because we have seen Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is more excited about augmented reality than virtual reality. It might even be possible that as soon as the mixed reality headset goes official, Apple shifts its focus solely to the AR device.
As per previous rumors, the first Apple VR headset will be a lot more expensive and will cost about $3,000. It is said to sport dual displays with 8K resolution each. There are more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand movements and LIDAR sensors for room mapping.