An unnamed CNET source says Apple will have an AR/VR headset ready by 2020. Code-named T288, it will purportedly include an 8K display for each eye and won’t have to be tethered to a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
The article says Apple’s headset — which some have dubbed “Apple Glasses” (which makes sense, though I like “iGlasses”) would connect to a dedicated box using a high-speed, short-range wireless technology, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans. The box, which would be powered by a custom Apple processor more powerful than anything currently available, would act as the brain for the AR/VR headset. Also, users won’t have to install special cameras in a room to detect their location. Everything would be built into Apple’s headset and box, per CNET.
Other reports have claimed that the Apple Glasses could have a custom-build Apple chip and a dedicated operating system dubbed “rOS” for “reality operating system.”
Chances CNET is correct, per the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 90%. Apple has been granted number patents for an AR/VR headset including number 9,880,720 for a video headset that can change perspective based on a user’s movements. It has also applied for multiple other patents for such a product; you can check ‘em out here.
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