As per the recent leak, a VR headset with a fabric design, a fan, and a hefty price tag is in the works at Apple. It’s been speculated that it could be launched as soon as 2022 as a standalone battery-powered device, similar to the Oculus Quest 2.
Reportedly, Apple could be developing “some of its most advanced and powerful chips” which will even beat the performance of their own M1 Mac processors for this unannounced VR headset.
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all for Apple for the development of this headset. Many of the prototypes have turned out to be too big and heavy which prompted the company to use a fabric exterior for reducing the weight of the device. It is also planning to include a fan which is a step away from the company’s philosophy of fan-less designs.
Codenamed N301, the headset would be similar in size to the Oculus Quest. Also, some of its prototypes are being tested with external cameras to include additional AR features. These cameras would allow for abilities such as tracking hand movements or using a virtual keyboard.
The launch timeline for the device is unclear as of now but it’s speculated to begin shipping in 2022. It is expected to be a high end and niche product with the company probably looking to sell just one headset at its retail stores per day, adding up to less than 200,000 units per year.
It is no surprise that the company has been investing in product development for VR and AR for years now. As per a report from Bloomberg News, Apple has close to 1,000 people working on these projects at the moment.
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