Apple AR VR headset leaks: It is rumors that Apple is working on a VR headset filled with cameras and features that could set back $3,000 for consumers. The gadget could introduce a dozen tracking cameras and a LiDAR system to improve the VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) capabilities of the headset in 2022. A report by Bloomberg suggests that a special chipset would be designed by Apple to power this device.
This is according to internal documents and images cited in a report by The Information, describing a headset with a “sleek, curved visor attached to the face by a mesh material and swappable headbands.”
The new mixed-reality device is described by Apple employees as a headset for virtual reality with augmented reality on top. It is reportedly possible to play games with real-world objects using Apple’s in-development headset, due to its multiple camera array. Layered on top, as with the famous Pokémon Go game.
The dozen cameras in the lenses mean that the software will be able to identify objects in the real world and integrate them into the AR landscape.
Apple employees claim that, though, it is more likely refer to Apple Glasses, which will focus more on AR.
Apple’s mixed-reality headset, more akin to Oculus Rift, the VR headset owned by Facebook, than Google Glass, would completely occlude the wearer’s view of the world around them.
However, 8K footage will be fed into the two displays by the dozens of cameras on the outside, which will use eye-tracking technology to ensure the view stays realistic.
The eye-tracking function can also help power the system by ensuring that images are made at a lower resolution in the periphery of the user’s vision than the objects they actually look at.
Apple VR headset price
The product will cost roughly $3,000, according to the information. That’s much more expensive than the $900-1,000 HTC Vive Pro or Valve Index. It will be cheaper than HoloLens 2 from Microsoft, which costs 3,500 dollars.