Apple is working on creating a luxury virtual reality headset to get a prospective sales introduction in 2022, a new Bloomberg accounts. The headset would comprise its built-in chips and power distribution and may feature a processor more powerful compared to the M1 Apple Silicon chip that the company now ships its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, according to the report’s resources.
As is typical to get a report this way from a target launch date,” Bloomberg provides a caveat that these programs could be altered or canceled entirely. Apple definitely kills many of its endeavors before they see the light of day, even in cases where they comprise a great deal of capital and time expenditure.
Along with the headset will allegedly cost much more than a few of the present higher-priced VR headset offerings available on the current market, which may range up to almost $1,000, with the objective of selling it originally as a low-volume market device directed at expert customers — sort of like the Mac Guru and Pro Display XDR which Apple currently sells.
The headset will reportedly focus largely on VR, but may also incorporate some augmented reality attributes, at a limited capability, for overlaying visuals on real-world viewpoints fed in by outside cameras. This differs from previous reports that indicated Apple was chasing customer AR intelligent glasses as its probable first headset merchandise at the mixed fact category for consumer supply.
Bloomberg reports that while this VR headset reaches a late prototype phase of evolution, its AR eyeglasses are much sooner in the design process and may occur after the VR headset debut by no less than a year or longer.
The plan here seems to be producing high tech, high-performance, and expensive devices that may only ever market in little quantity, but that can allow it to start to build efficiencies and reduce the manufacturing costs of technologies included, so as to pave the way for much more mass-market apparatus afterward.
The report indicates the item might be approximately the exact same dimensions as the Oculus Quest, using a cloth outside to help lower weight. The outside cameras may also be utilized for hand and environment tracking, and there’s the risk it will debut with its App Store made for VR content.
Virtual reality remains a nascent category even as quantified by the many prosperous products now available on the current market, the Oculus Quest along with the PlayStation VR. However, Facebook at least appears to find a whole lot of long-term worth in continuing to invest in and iterate its own VR merchandise, and Apple’s perspective could be comparable.
The business has put a great deal of technical and focus development effort into AR about the iPhone, and CEO Tim Cook has expressed a great deal of optimism about AR’s potential in several of interviews.