New tips on Apple patent-pending VR and AR headset

It’s no secret that Apple is working hard on augmented and virtual reality devices. In January, Bloomberg released a report claiming that Apple was working on a very high-quality, expensive headset that could be sold in stores by 2022. Now The Information has published a report on what the device might look like in reality. He based the report on “internal Apple images of a late-stage prototype from last year.” This way we get an idea of ​​what the expected title might look like.

The report of the information confirms several details about Bloomberg, including the knit material the company would use to reduce the weight of the device and its hefty price tag. The new news indicates that the price will be significantly higher than most other standalone VR headsets, such as the Oculus Quest 2, which has an overseas price of $ 299. The site’s claim is that the price will be around $ 3,000.

The purported design appears to bear traces of a host of other Apple devices, including interchangeable headbands similar to the Apple Watch and a HomePod-like mesh fabric.

The device has more than a dozen cameras placed to track hand movements and added LIDAR sensors for map operations similar to AR effects, which we also see on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro. So it will be able to offer both VR and mixed reality applications. It is also said to have dual 8K displays with eye-tracking technology that can provide resolution well beyond the current VR headsets available in the market today and appeal to individual consumers.

Interestingly, the news claims that Apple won’t always run power-hungry full-resolution 8K displays. Instead, the device uses eye-tracking technology to determine what users are looking at, and processes lower-resolution areas of the environment to improve performance. This technique is known in the VR world as “foveated rendering”. As previously reported by Bloomberg, the chips are expected to be in-house developed Apple Silicon hardware that could potentially be more powerful than Apple’s current M1 chip.

Apple is reportedly experimenting with several control methods, including hand tracking and eye tracking, a dial on the side of the hat, and a thimble-like accessory. However, it is said that nothing has been finalized yet.

Often described as a VR device with more limited AR functions, the Apple headset is meant to be an important step towards Apple’s ultimate goal anyway. The company wants to release a lightweight AR device that is indistinguishable from standard glasses. However, this device is said to be a few more years old.

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