What you need to know
- Apple has completed the design of its three chips for its upcoming AR/VR headset.
- It has also completed the design of the image sensor and display driver.
- The headset is expected to need an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to operate.
it sounds like the first generation of Apple's upcoming AR/VR headset will need the iPhone as well.
As reported by The Information (opens in new tab), Apple has developed three different custom-designed chips for the headset which will be manufactured by the company's longtime supply chain partner TSMC.
According to the report, the system-on-a-chip that will drive the headset will not be powerful enough on its own and will need to connect with another device like the iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
The company has also finished the design of the image sensor and display driver. The report speculates that the image sensor, which will be similar to the size of the headset's lenses, is made for creating a high-resolution augmented reality experience.
According to the latest rumors, Apple's VR headset could launch as soon as early next year.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
It makes sense that Apple would release a VR headset first, especially when you can do a lot more with VR, compared to just AR. VR can bring you to new venues, concerts, shows, a theatre, and even be in places you can't get to (yet). Like being on Mars, or any celestial body, like Ceres, Pluto, many asteroids. You can even be on the top of Mount Everest, or below in the deepest part of the oceans. You could even take a stroll in the Louvre France. Or you could play the best and most immersive games ever in VR. Playing any game on a 2D screen doesn't cut it for me anymore, especially when I have been spoiled with VR gaming. AR is not meant for that stuff, because it can't give you a full immersive experience.
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