There have been rumors that Apple is working on a new mixed reality headset for a few years now, and there have been a lot of reports about the same in the past few months. This is what the latest reports state.
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June 2, 2023
What is Apple’s mixed reality headset?
The latest report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that Apple will release a new mixed reality headset at the WWDC 2023 conference.
In his blog he mentioned, “Apple’s next big thing is finally here, as the company prepares to announce its mixed reality headset at WWDC on Monday.”
The mixed reality headset will combine augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology and will be the first of its kind released by Apple.
It will be powered by Apple’s own custom chip carrying a 4k display and have its own battery pack.
Furthermore, it is said to have a high-resolution pass-through camera that allows users to see the real world around them while wearing the headset.
The headset is said to be a premium device that will cost around $3,000. And there are several cameras to track the user’s head and hand movements.
It will also run on a new operating system called xrOS. Apple’s mixed reality headset is expected to offer a variety of features, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).
Blog writes, “This product combines augmented reality and virtual reality. VR features will be supported by a pair of bright 4K displays inside the headset, while AR functionality will be enabled by video pass-through mode.
“The headset has a Digital Crown like the Apple Watch for users to switch between AR and VR. Once in VR, the user is completely immersed. When AR is enabled, content and apps fade slightly and blend with the wearer’s real surroundings.”
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What can you do with Mixed-Reality headphones?
Here are some potential uses of Apple’s mixed reality headset:
Gaming: Apple’s new headset can be used for gaming, both VR and AR games.
Education: It can be used to give students a virtual tour of a historical site or allow them to interact with 3D molecular models.
Business: Headsets can be used for business purposes, such as training remote employees or allowing them to collaborate on projects in a virtual space.
Entertainment: People can use it to watch movies or play games.
Mark Gurman in one of his blogs stated, “The primary use cases will be communications, video viewing, healthcare, gaming and productivity. One person who worked on the device called it part “status symbol” and part “the future of computing.”
The possibilities of Apple’s mixed reality headset are endless. However, the company has not yet set a specific release date.
The price of the product is really high and the tech giant does not have any goals of making much profit from this new headset and will initially only sell it in the US.
Bloomberg blog claims “Even though the headset will launch on Monday, it won’t be available for sale for another few months. Internally, the company has discussed a release date from after the iPhone 15 launch to December until early 2024.”
Blog added “The device will cost around $3,000 and Apple doesn’t plan to make much money from it. This may be one of the few Apple products that is not very profitable because Apple does not want to completely remove its value from the market.”
Additionally, Apple will notify certain users with certain health conditions to try and not purchase this product. This is because AR and VR can significantly affect their health. Bloomberg reported the diseases and they are:
- Past traumatic brain injury
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Pacemakers and some heart diseases
- History of blackouts or seizures.”
If you are prone to inner ear infections, have ADHD/ADD, an anxiety disorder, a pacemaker, epilepsy, fainting/seizures, or are pregnant, you may be warned not to use headphones . In addition to Meniere’s disease, past traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, migraines. https://t.co/fuasZ1Cy8F
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman)
June 2, 2023
In short, it’s still too early to say for sure what Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset will look like, but it will definitely be a big player in the AR/VR market.
Source: Bloomberg, Mark Gurman