According to a Bloomberg report, the rumored long-awaited magical unicorn that is Apple’s mixed reality headset will be powered by the company’s latest M2 processor. The often-reliable Mark Gurman is responsible for the report, and he says Apple is launching a slew of new products starting this fall through the first half of 2023.
Gurman says, “The new products will include four iPhone 14 models, three Apple Watch variants, multiple Macs with M2 and M3 chips, the company’s first mixed reality headset, low-end and high-end iPads, updated AirPods Pro headphones, a new HomePod and an updated Apple TV.”
Apple dropping an M3 processor so soon after the M2 seems like a stretch, but according to Gurman, Apple “is about to embark on one of the most ambitious new product periods in its history.”
According to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, another reliable source, it looks like Apple’s next augmented reality headset will arrive with dual processors. Kuo says the headset will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022 and will come with a high-end processor and a low-end processor to handle sensor computing needs. While Kuo said the high-end processor will be similar to the M1 processor, Gurman believes it will be an M2 processor.
Kuo said, “Apple’s AR headset requires a separate processor because the computing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. For example, the AR headset requires at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide users with continuous video visibility. AR services.”
Tim Cook recently shared with China Daily that “I’m incredibly excited about AR, as you may know, and the key thing in any technology, including AR, is to put humanity at the center of it.” Cook followed up with, “stay tuned, and you’ll see what we have to offer.”
Apple looks set to make a massive push into the mixed reality space and challenge the current overlord, Meta. However, let’s keep in mind that Meta’s Quest 2 costs $299, but rumors have put Apple’s mixed reality entry price between $1,000 and $3,000. Even Meta’s rumored Cambria project, which Zuckerberg touted as “completely new, advanced, and high-end,” falls short of low-end estimates for the Apple AR/VR headset. While a complete VR headset with a VR-enabled laptop to power it will easily push you into over $3,000 territory, the only standalone headset we’ve seen in this lineup is Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 and it is a business game rather than a consumer product.
Needless to say, whatever powers the Apple AR/VR headset, we’re extremely intrigued to see what Apple has created, so let’s hope Gurman is right and we’re only months away from seeing it finally unveiled. .