What you need to know
- A new Apple patent reveals how a future Apple VR headset might feature a detachable speaker.
- The patent details a speaker that is both detachable, but can be coupled to the headset for providing a variety of audio experiences.
The patent, published today and spotted by iMore, is titled 'display system having an audio output device' and pertains to a head-mounted display unit, elsewhere referred to as a VR headset. From the abstract:
The patent describes a head-mounted display and an audio device, managed by a controller that feeds audio and video to each respectively. As the patent notes, VR content almost always includes both video and audio, and that aural content is "often provided by headphones that are physically separate from the head-mounted display unit." From the patent:
The patent involves tech that can measure where the speaker is placed (in one instance the speaker is placed on a table away from the user) before adjusting the audio accordingly for the user:
Whilst the technology is just a patent at this stage, Apple is rumored to be working on a VRheadset that could debut as soon as next year. Reports estimate it could be priced from anywhere between $1,000 and as much as $3,000, featuring multiple cameras for tracking motion and the environment.
You can read the full patent here.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
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