Apple Planning to Build a New AR, VR Headset


Apple is planning to build a powerful wireless headset that will straddle both AR and VR technologies into its own chips. The device is slated to be launched in 2020 and it reflects Apple’s interest in VR. Plans for the device so far include 8K display for each of the eyes which is very high compared to even the best TV available today. It will also be able to be untethered form a smartphone or a computer.

The project is codenamed T288 and is still in the development stages giving the company the ability to change its plans for making it much better by the time it is released. The decision may not come as a surprise to most the Apple’s users as the company is focusing more recently on pushing AR even into its iPhones and iPads.

However, Apple CEO Tim Cook was earlier quoted as saying that VR has bigger possibilities compared to AR. That might be because augmented reality allows the users to be more present. Looks like it is now the time for Apple to expand beyond iPhones given the slow growth of the mobile market. The Apple VR headset will be able to connect to a dedicated box wirelessly which will be powered by a 5-nano meter chip that is again designed by Apple.

According to a recent published by Bloomberg, Apple has also begun a secret manufacturing facility in Cupertino especially for the display type. Head-mounted displays have very tight pixel densities that will matter a lot because of the lensed and their distance from the user’s eyes.

Analysts until now thought that Apple might totally skip VR altogether which focuses more on entertainment and concentrate more on lifestyle-focused AR technologies which place virtual graphics between the users and real world. The design aspects also seem to be a little bulky.

Apple plans to tackle the project with a patent that will illustrate the company’s approach towards making the VR headset and its resource kit for augmented reality for the developers – the ARKit. Coming to the specifications of the device, it is reported that the new virtual reality headset will include a technology that will be able to detect the positioning of the user in a room which means that there will be no more need for any secondary sensors as it is with other VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.