This is not the first time we’re hearing about the company’s mixed reality headset. Last month, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the company is aiming to release the device by mid-2022, followed by an AR headset in 2025.
This would make it a more attractive offering for people to move around the house and use it.
The publication also noted that the company aims to include spatial audio, and up to a dozen cameras and LiDAR sensors for hand tracking and AR functionality. The company is mulling over various methods of control. This includes a dial on the headset, thimble-like finger attachments, as well as hand and eye-tracking.
Apple’s first headset won’t come cheap. The Information said that it will be priced around $3,000, which doesn’t seem outrageous if you compare it with the Microsoft Hololens 2’s $3,500 price tag.
The actual launch of the headset might be at least a few months away. However, Apple would likely announce some extensions and new APIs for ARKit at WWDC, so we could gauge the direction of Apple’s AR ambitions.
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Published April 1, 2021 — 09:02 UTC