Updated on March 15th, 2022
Apple will roll out its first Augmented Reality (AR) headset in the fourth quarter of 2022. The information was cited in a research note by analyst Ming-chi Kuo spotted by MacRumors and 9to5Mac.
Kuo claims that the Apple AR headset will be fitted with two processors out of which one will be similar to the M1 chip. "The power management unit (PMU) design of the high-end processor is similar to that of M1 because it has the same level of computing power as M1," states the report. The other will be a lower-end processor that will manage the sensor-related aspects of the device.
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AR headset will be able to operate independently without being connected to a Mac or an iPhone. This is because the iPhone maker is planning to support a "comprehensive range of applications" with the new headset.
Using the M1-like chip, the headset will sport a pair of 4K Micro OLED displays from Sony to support virtual reality (VR) experiences. "Apple’s AR headset requires a separate processor as the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. For example, the AR headset requires at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services to users. In comparison, an iPhone requires up to 3 optical modules running simultaneously and does not require continuous computing," according to the report.
In a recently released investor note, Kuo had mentioned that the headset will support Wi-Fi 6E technology to offer increased bandwidth and lower interference necessary for AR and VR experiences.
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