Apple is set on releasing their first AR headset in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a research note by Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst. Kuo, who had predicted in March that Apple’s much speculated about device is likely to be released next year, has now shared some technical information about the device.
According to Kuo, the device will be equipped with two processors. One of the processors will possess “the same level of computing power as M1,” says Kuo, as well as a lower-end chip that will be handling input from the different sensors of the device. The device will possess “at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services,” he goes on to add. The device is said to be equipped with two Sony 4K OLED microdisplays. Citing the device’s “Mac-level (PC-level) computing power,” along with the ability to be operated untethered, and its diverse applications, Kuo suggests that these are what will set apart Apple’s AR headset from other competing devices.
No consensus has yet been reached on whether or not the device itself will be entirely independent, or if it will rely on devices like an iPhone or a separate processor box for streaming content. However, Kuo insists that the device will be a standalone platform. He writes, “If the AR headset is positioned only as an accessory for the Mac or iPhone, it will not be conducive to the growth of the product. An AR headset that works independently means that it will have its own ecosystem and provide the most complete and flexible user experience.”
In the recent past, Kuo had provided further details about the new Apple AR headset, suggesting that the device may support WiFi 6E.