New tips on Apple's first virtual reality headset

Joanna Estrada
January 24, 2021

Apple may leap into the VR headset space with a "mostly virtual reality device" as early as next year, per Bloomberg. In addition, everything seems to indicate that they will be glasses with a higher price than other market competitors, such as Sony or Facebook with your PS VR and Oculus. Moreover, some chips are said to outperform their M1 Mac processors on the performance side. The power of this headset also requires a built-in fan, a design choice Apple typically tries to avoid. Current designs have shrunk the size and utilize a fabric exterior to reduce the overall weight.

Apple's VR push marks its first major hardware endeavor since the 2015 release of the Apple Watch, breaking from its recent focus on services.

The technology Apple is going to use for the VR headset could be scaled up and adjusted to make thinner and premium smart glasses that are being pegged to replace the iPhone within the decade. When released, the headset-which will be similar in size to the Oculus Quest-could reportedly feature a 3D environment for gaming, video, and communication, along with some limited AR functionality, an internal fan, support for prescription lenses, and a hefty price tag typical of Apple gadgets. Apple is also reportedly testing its ability to use these cameras to track hand movements and include software features such as a virtual keyboard.

The VR headset will feature numerous same features as competitor hardware, but also some AR features as well.

According to the portal, the intention is to build a high-end niche product that will prepare external developers and consumers for their eventual more conventional AR glasses. According to a source, Apple may start selling the device in a very low quantity. Reportedly, Apple is planning to sell less than 200,000 units of the product per year. Only one VR headset may be sold at each of the retail shops.

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