Apple's AR Headset

Apple’s AR headset to have performance as insane as the Mac as early as next year.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities in a note to investors, which was seen by 9to5mac detailed about Apple’s first gen AR headset which according to him will be released in the fourth quarter of 2022. 

According to Kuo’s note these first gen AR headsets will have a processor which has compute power equivalent to that of a Mac. This new very powerful chipset is what will differentiate Apple’s AR headset to the competition. 

Kuo in March said Apple’s AR headset were expected to release sometimes next year with displays with resolution high enough to make it indistinguishable from real life. Now Kuo also details that the screens used will be two Sony 4K micro-OLED displays, one for each eye, which will also support VR. 

Kuo also suggest that the device will have multiple processors one higher end super powerful processor for computation power as high as the M1 while the smaller lower powered processor will be handling sensor related inputs and computing. 

The headset according to Kuo will have 6 to 8 optical modules that will simultaneously provide the video see through i.e., allowing the user to see the world behind the headset through these modules. 

The AR headset will not be marketed as an accessory to iPhone or Mac but an independent device that will have its own ecosystem of accessories and provide a very flexible user experience. 

“If the AR headset is positioned only as an accessory for the Mac or iPhone, it will not be conducive to the growth of the product. An AR headset that works independently means that it will have its own ecosystem and provide the most complete and flexible user experience.” said Kuo.

The Note also mentioned that the headset unlike other devise in the market wont be focused for a specific function but similar to an iPhone or a Mac will be able to perform a comprehensive and very large range of applications. 

Apple’s AR headsets have been long rumored to be the next big thing for the company going forward. The Cupertino Giant plans to replace iPhone with this newer tech within next 10 years selling over a billion AR headsets in this time period, this first gen device will be the first step to achieve this.

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