Apple VrSource: The Information

What you need to know

  • Apple's AR/VR headset will reportedly have 3D sensing modules.
  • It will use technology found in the iPhone to track hand movements and detect objects.
  • This will reportedly form a key part of the device's functionality.

A second Apple VR in as many days says the rumored mixed reality headset will feature 3D sensing modules to track hand movements and detect objects.

In a research note seen by iMore Ming-Chi Kuo writes:

Gesture control and object detection are the key human-machine interface designs for Apple AR/MR headsets. Apple's AR/MR headset is equipped with more 3D sensing modules than the iPhone, with significant upgrades to the structural light specifications.

Kuo states that Apple's AR/MR headset will have four sets of 3D sensors, as opposed to one or two as found on Apple's best iPhones, such as iPhone 13.

Kuo says the headset will be able to "detect changes in the dynamic details of the hand" as well as changes in position, and the objects in front of the user. This will reportedly foster a "more intuitive and vivid human-machine interface." The headset will also reportedly feature three time-of-flight sensors to detect hand movements at low latency.

It comes just a day after Kuo, who has an extremely long and accurate track record of leaking information about Apple's future plans, reiterated that Apple would start production on its first headset in Q4 2022, and would release a lighter version with better battery life by 2024.

Recently Bloomberg's Mark Gurman suggested that there may be a sizeable gap between Apple announcement of its mixed reality headset and a release to the general public, citing the example of the original Apple Watch which came out 227 days after it was announced.