Apple’s AR headset comes next year with the ‘Mac-level’ power: report

Apple’s first AR headset will be released in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a research note from analyst Ming-chi Kuo seen by MacRygter and 9to5Mac. Kuo predicted back in March that the headset would be released sometime next year, and now also provides more technical information about the device.

According to Kuo, the headset will have two processors, one with “the same level of computing power as the M1” and a lower chip to handle input from the various sensors. For example, Kuo says the headset has “at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video-transparent AR services.” The headset is also said to have two 4K OLED micro screens from Sony.

Kuo cites the headset’s “Mac level (PC level) computing power”, its ability to operate unbound and its wide range of applications as factors that will set it apart from the competition. Various reports about the device have disagreed on whether it will be completely independent or rely on an iPhone or a separate processor box to stream content.

Kuo seems to be convinced that it will be a standalone platform, but he writes “If the AR headset is only placed as an accessory for Mac or iPhone, it will not be conducive to product growth. An AR headset that operates independently, means it will have its own ecosystem and provide the most complete and flexible user experience. “

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