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Huge Apple VR headset leak reveals two 8K displays, $3,000 price tag

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Apple Vr (Image credit: The Information)

What you need to know

  • A new report says Apple's rumored VR headset will feature two 8K displays and cost $3,000.
  • It will also reportedly have more than 12 cameras for tracking hand movements and your eyes.

A huge new leak from 'The Information' claims Apple's rumored VR headset will feature two 8K displays and cost $3,000.

From the report:

A mixed-reality headset Apple is developing will be equipped with more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand movements and showing video of the real world to people wearing it, along with ultra-high-resolution 8K displays and advanced technology for tracking eye-tracking technology, according to a person with direct knowledge of the device.Those are among a bevy of features Apple is planning for the headset, a device that could represent one of the company's most ambitious efforts to build a new technology platform. The Information viewed internal Apple images of a late-stage prototype from last year, which show a sleek, curved visor attached to the face by a mesh material and swappable headbands.

The report even offers a drawing based on images of the headset 'The Information' has seen. (Pictured)

The report claims that Apple's VR headset will have more than 12 cameras for tracking hand movements and showing a video of the real world to the wearer. That would come through not one, but two 8K displays, better quality than most televisions. Apparently, Apple has been working on technology that only renders the part of the display you're looking at, showing lower quality graphics in the periphery of a user's vision.

All of this will come at a price, however. The rumored cost of the product is reported to be $3,000 according to internal discussions. The Information says that prototypes it viewed showed a "sleek, curved visor" attached to the face with a mesh, and swappable headbands.

The report also says Apple is working on Glasses, but those are not expected to debut until 2023. The VR headset could be available as soon as next year.

A recent report suggested a similar time frame and expensive price tag. From Bloomberg's Mark Gurman:

A new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says that Apple's first VR headset will cost well over $900 and could be faster than Apple's M1 Macs.From the report:Apple Inc.'s first crack at a headset is designed to be a pricey, niche precursor to a more ambitious augmented reality product that will take longer to develop, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The initial device has confronted several development hurdles and the company has conservative sales expectations, illustrating how challenging it will be to bring this nascent consumer technology to the masses.

Although it has only posted a handful of Apple rumors over recent years, The Information has an extremely high rate of accuracy when it comes to leaking information from Apple.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

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.

2 Comments
  • I can tell none of you have truly investigated the VR space. Having two 8K displays is equivalent to 8 (Eight) 4K displays in terms of resolution. Right now the highest resolution VR headset has what they call an 8K resolution. However it is really only dual 4K displays, which is still really a high resolution. However it is a far cry from having the resolution of dual 8K displays in a standalone VR/AR headset. Think about it, one 8K display has a resolution of (7680x4320), which works out to (7680x4320)x(3 bytes for 24 bit colour) = 99,532,800 bytes per frame. If you consider the minimum fps is 90 fps. That works out to an insane 8,957,952,000 bytes per second. That is almost 9 gigabytes of data per second per 8K screen. So dual 8K screens works out to an impossible 18 gigabytes of data per second, at 90 hz. So most likely Apple will release a dual 4K resolution headset. I will even bet money on it. Also resolution is very important, but also getting a high enough, and consistent frame rate is needed as well to make sure the movements are fast enough for the users, so they won't get any motion sickness. The Pimax also has eye tracking as well. I own a number of different VR headsets, including the latest Oculus Quest 2.
  • This is exactly what I though and wanted to comment on. You beat me to it. And dual 4k is a stretch by now...