Apple’s much-anticipated AR/VR headset has recently been rumored to be suffering from overheating, as well as camera and software issues that could force the manufacturer to delay the release of the device. However, well-known Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who specializes in Apple, revealed new details about the upcoming new product.
In previous materials, Mark Gurman reported that the headset would be “expensive”, but did not specify how much. Although some analysts predicted that the model would cost around $3,000; Gurman now claims that it will cost buyers a little more than $2,000.
Apple traditionally charges higher than comparable product manufacturers – largely due to this, the company is one of the most profitable businesses in the consumer electronics market. In addition, Gurman said that the manufacturer will probably use the expensive M1 Pro chipset or a similar solution in its AR / VR headset.
Apple’s AR/VR headset will focus on games, video viewing and communication
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According to Gurman’s forecasts, the headset will have two processors. One of them will be comparable to the M1 Pro used in MacBook Pro laptops. The electronics will arrive with high-resolution 8K displays and interchangeable prescription optics to match the user’s vision. It is worth mentioning the likely use of the most modern audio technologies. The headset is aiming games, work with media content and communication.
The gaming component will become one of the most important for the ecosystem; taking into account the use of two processors, a powerful cooling system; extremely high-resolution displays and support for its own App Store. It is possible that Apple equipment will be able to become the most attractive for game developers; especially if the company moderates its appetites and finally starts taking lower transaction fees and allows payments through third-party systems everywhere.
We also expect that Apple will enter into agreements on the supply of media content (video and more) with leading studios, bloggers and other content makers. Content will be specifically designed to be viewed on VR headsets. Finally, VR-analogues of FaceTime and Zoom for communication may appear.
According to Gurman, Apple may call its headset Apple Vision, Apple Reality, Apple Sight / iSight or Apple Lens; maybe even Apple Goggles, but so far these are just the well-known journalist’s guesses based on his experience and not supported by real data. The new model may launch this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event. In the worst-case scenario, the novelty may appear no earlier than 2023.