Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has announced further details on the company’s upcoming AR headset in a new investor release. The analyst says the AR headset will have the same processing power as the Mac, which sets Apple’s headset apart from the competition.
The processor in the AR headset will be similar to the M1 chip that Apple first introduced in its Macs last year. This is paired with a low power coprocessor that manages the sensor related aspects of the devices.
Kuo adds that the AR headset can operate independently without being tied to a Mac or iPhone, and that it will support a range of applications. The headset will also have a pair of 4K micro OLED displays and support VR experiences thanks to the powerful chip.
Apple’s AR headset requires a separate processor, as the processing power of the sensor is significantly higher than that of the iPhone. To the example, the AR headset requires at least 6-8 optical modules to provide users with continuous AR services with clear video at the same time. In comparison, an iPhone requires up to 3 optical modules running at the same time and does not require continuous computing power.
It is rumored that Apple’s AR headset will hit the market in the second half of 2022 or early 2023. It is easily one of the company’s most anticipated products. It remains to be seen how Apple will use its chip expertise to differentiate itself from the competition.