Apple VR leak suggests 2022 release time frame, key features
What you need to know
- A bunch of Apple VR details just leaked.
- Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the product will drop in the middle of 2022.
- Kuo also revealed the suggested price and several key features.
A new Apple VR leak has revealed how Apple's own headset could challenge the best VR headsets available right now.
In a research note seen by iMore, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that AR and VR is the next key technology of human-machine interfacing, and is one of the reasons Apple has invested so heavily in the project.
Kuo states that Apple has three products in the works, an AR/VR headset, a lightweight pair of Glasses, and unbelievably, a pair of AR contact lenses.
On Apple's VR headset Kuo lists a number of expected details:
- The product will launch in mid-2022
- Current prototypes weigh 2-300 grams, but Apple is aiming for 1-200 grams, considerably less than most competitors
- It will offer a "video see-through AR experience" through micro-LED
- The complexity of design is higher than that of the iPhone, so Kuo estimates the price will be $1,000
- It will be an independent product, so it won't need a base computer or device for processing
- It will be more "portable" than mobile
- It will have a "very smooth display" and focus on MR/AR operations
- Kuo also says the immersive experience will "significantly surpass existing VR products"
- It will be highly integrated with Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade.
Kuo says Apple also has a lightweight pair of glasses coming in 2025, and yes as we mentioned, after 2030, Apple could release a pair of AR/VR contact lenses. Unreal.
The news echoes other reports Apple's VR headset is coming next year. Another previous report claims the headset could cost $3,000 and feature two 8K displays.
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